Neither the Party nor Candidate Matters.
Democrats and Republicans Are Controlled by the Same Money…
Neither the Party nor Candidate Matters.
Democrats and Republicans Are Controlled by the Same Money…
Cops aren’t just average guys. Cops have the power of life and death. They have qualified immunity. They have the authority to confiscate your property for any reason. This is called Civil Asset Forfeiture.
Stop trying to oversimplify an extremely complicated dynamic.
Marijuana has medicinal properties that people are using to improve the quality of life of hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of your fellow citizens. Yet, the Police will brutalize you to enforce the immoral laws surrounding Marijuana and the War On Drugs. Children have been taken from parents by Police because those PARENTS were using cannabis products to help their children. This is immoral.
Cops have a choice. Instead, they hide behind the phrase “I don’t make the law. I just enforce it.” Nazis used that same excuse at Nuremburg. They were told that this defense was invalid. Yet, American Law Enforcement use this phrase daily.
Police are not your friend. Police aren’t your good buddy. They aren’t there to protect and serve you. Police are there to enforce the law. They do not care if that law destroys lives at the behest of Corporate Lobbyists. The Police will enforce any law. The Police will do everything in their power to enforce a law up to and including taking your life. No, Cops aren’t just average guys in uniform. They are average guys in uniform who have extraordinary authority and power. They have the power to take life and to do so with impunity.
What did Russia do that America has not done?
Election rigging or attempted election rigging? We have done it and do it still.
Influence peddling? We have done it and do it still.
Cyber warfare? We do it. Europeans do it. China does it.
Invading and annexing? We have done it. We do it. We will continue to do it.
Exactly what sins have the Russkies committed that the US and our CIA, NSA and Military not also committed.
I find it odd that Americans believe that the Russians are evil when they are doing nothing different from us.
Are we evil with our actions that are exactly the same as Russia’s actions?
Are we somehow the great and good nation whilst others are evil? US Foreign Policy has sowed chaos around the planet since World War II.
We have supported the most evil despots in history. We actually gave support to the Khmer Rouge while they were murdering millions as a way of poking at the Vietnamese. We weren’t going to accomplish anything with that bit of hijinx but we did it anyway. Those actions allowed the Khmer Rouge to stay in power and murder many more Cambodians who might otherwise have survived.
Americans love to look beyond our borders and conjure monsters whilst ignoring the monstrous actions of the officials whom they allow to run rampant committing terrifying atrocities around the globe in the name of Freedom and Democracy.
If Putin is evil. If the Russians are evil. So are Americans. So was Obama and Bush. So too then are we all.
You don’t trust them. Why should they trust us?
This only exists in the West.
These proud, Gay Muslims would be closeted and fearing for their lives in nearly every Muslim Nation on the Planet.
They would be in hiding in Iran.
They would be running for their lives in Afghanistan.
In Iraq and Syria, they’d need to dodge missile, mortars and Muslims. ISIS would torture and behead them.
In Lebanon, Hezbollah would murder them.
The Palestinians would rise up against them and stone them, hang them or force them to wield a knife against armed IDF soldiers.
These people cannot be serious. This guy is an exceptionally idiotic example of a “proud, Gay Muslim.”. If you are such proud, Gay Muslim Warriors, go to Pakistan and announce this as you do in the West whilst pretending that you are oppressed in America, Britain and Europe. You can use the experience to get a real feel for oppression.
IF YOU SURVIVE…
Proud, Gay and Muslim? You may as well say that you are proud, Muslim and Fuck Allah as you piss on the Ka’aba in Makkah.
The ignorance of the religious and the weakness of the mind of people who need religion never fails to astound me.
The “brave” Gay Muslim (in the photo above) can be unafraid because he lives in America. If he lived in the Middle East or Central Asia and stood about with that sign, he’d be dead.
Why are they telling Americans that they are unafraid? Let them travel to Syria, Iraq, Somalia, Iran or Pakistan and carry that sign around. These morons are fighting against nothing. They are protesting nothing. No one in America cares that they are Gay. Most people don’t care that they are Muslim. If he were truly unafraid, this coward would travel to Saudi Arabia and fight for his fellow LGBTQ’rs therein and to other countries where homosexuals are put to death via Sharia.
It’s easy to hold up this sign in a country which has free speech and where the right to assemble and petition the government is enshrined in its founding document.
Let us see these brave souls travel into danger and be unafraid in the face of certain death.
Liberals, Leftists, Conservatives, Neo-Cons, Neo-Liberals, Islamists, Pan-Islamists and everyone else concerned keep speaking of a long awaited Islamic Reformation.
Actually, that Reformation has already began and is ongoing. Except that Islam is going from a slumbering megalith to an extremist controlled ideology.Islam began a long sleep sometime in the 1700-1800 era. It went near comatose after the fall of the Ottoman Empire. Two things occurred to awaken Islam:
Conflict in the Middle East predates Islam by thousands of years. This region is a crossroads of history. Traditions of hate, violence and war date back to before the Greeks and Persians to the earliest stories of the pre-Phoenician peoples. Expecting “Peace in the Middle East” One may as well search for the burial place of Genghis Khan. Find one; you may find the other.
None of this is to say that the United States or Britain is to blame for Islamic Extremism. Islam was born in blood. It will die in blood. Islam was spread via conquest. Muslims and Liberals love to deny this. However, the Islamic Empire spread from Medina to Andalusia (Spain) in an amazingly short period of time. None of these territories invited Mohammad, Abu Bakr or Uthman into their lands. Islam did not quietly knock and ask for admittance. Islam rode at the head of a world devouring empire. People “submitted” to Allah not because they suddenly saw the light. They converted or “reverted” because it was the prudent thing to do. If you were given the choice between conversion, death or high taxes and second/third class citizenship in your own lands, most would choose to convert.
Islam is a violent Abrahamic religion. All three of the religions spawned by Abraham are violent and full of blood lust — Xtianity, Judaism and Islam.
The Extremist Muslims are following the path of previous Muslims including that of Mohammad. Denial of this is denial of historic reality.
Islam is violent. It also knows peace. However, like Xtianity, the majority of the religions is about purifying the world and making it ready for God/Allah via force.
Same God, same violence, same hatred for the non-believer. Muslims choose which path to follow. Those who choose violence choose that path regardless of outside influence. They would choose that path even if the US and Britain had never existed as neither existed when the Islamic Empire first invaded Europe, Africa and Asia.
I don’t think the US needs a plan to defeat ISIS.
Saudi Arabia, Syria, Turkey, Iran all need a plan to defeat ISIS.
We should let them take the lead. The onus for the fall of ISIS should be on them.
Only when they have taken the lead and committed forces should the US provide support.
The initiative and the majority of forces and funding should come from Saudi Arabia.
The US is not truly threatened by ISIS. We are only threatened in so far as we allow that threat to come to our shores. We are only threatened in so far as our proximity to ISIS.
ISIS is no existential threat to the United States of America.
I don’t care who is in charge of the Middle East. ISIS and Saudi Arabia are two of a kind. If ISIS were to gain the upper hand and defeat the Saudis, we would treat with ISIS in the same way that we treat with Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia and ISIS are the same evil. They are the same immoral, uncivilized, hyper-religious form of scum.
If ISIS were to win, eventually, they would calm down and realize that they needed to do business with the West. The radicals only hold onto power for a generation or so.
Pro-Choice Abortion Activists are hypocrites. They advocate the choice for women only. If they were truly pro-choice, that decision would be extended to the man as well.
If the Male is forced to fund the birth and life of a baby which a female chooses to bring into this world despite said male’s wish that she not do so, the female should be forced to obtain the male’s approval to kill the baby.
Fair is fair.
If it is a female’s choice to have the baby, the male should have the same choice. A male should be able to say; “No, I don’t want that baby. If you decide to bring this baby into the world, I want nothing to do with it. You raise it as your own and leave me out of it.”
There is no difference.
Why should a woman be beholden to the wishes of a man? Why should a man be beholden to the wishes of a woman? Each should be given the choice. If a woman becomes pregnant, the father should be able so refuse the baby. It would be a kind of legal if not biological/medical abortion.
If one is pro-choice but one is for forcing a man to pay for a child which he does not want, one is pro-convenience for women. A man should be forced into fatherhood no more or less than a woman should be forced into motherhood.
Pro-Choice is Pro-Choice. Anything less is simply hypocrisy. You are not Pro-Choice.
I near people say some form of this all too often.
I don’t get it.
I like him.
He’s a character actor. Nothing wrong with that.
John Wayne was the same. Stoic figures and such.
I don’t get the “I hate ………” actor or music group.
OK. Don’t spend your money to see their movies and STFU.
What have you created? What have you done in your life? What have you done with your life? Who have you touched? How many lives have you touched in a positive manner?
If you can’t answer those questions and say that you’ve accomplished any of these things, you should really fuck off somewhere and figure out why you have wasted your life whilst the people whom you are whinging and moaning over have done SO FUCKING much more than you.
Last thing. If you are a Celebrity Worshiper or someone who pays so close attention to the lives of Actors, Musicians and other celebrities whom you do not personally know and have come to hate or Love them, you need to get a life.
P.S. this is directed at no one in particular. Pls feel free to take offense but only if you are guilty of being a selfish shit?
Look. It started out as a good idea. The Good Idea Fairy came along and popped some politico on the head and BAM! Civil Asset Forfeiture was born. It didn’t take long to become a perversion of justice and a legal State backed scam designed to steal from the citizen for the profit of local, State and Federal Law Enforcement Agencies.
The problem is that it was created in support of the War On Drugs. The War on Drugs is a lie. It is based on Nixonian lies and bigotry. Nixon wanted a way to target his enemies whom he characterized as “Niggers, Spics and Hippies.” Drugs was his path to doing that. He would use the Drug War to strike at his enemies. Of course, he targeted the drug of choice of the poor and middle class — marijuana.
Prior to Nixon lies that created the war on drugs, there was the Corporate War on Hemp. They lied about the effects of marijuana in order to get Hemp outlawed. Hemp had no THC but it was added to all of the bills because it was in the same family. Hemp is an amazing plant. It could replace paper as well as many products made with petro-chemicals. Dupont and other Corporations could not have that. They wanted those Big Oil Profits and the Lumber industry wasn’t going to lose money to hemp either. The first “war on drugs” was born out of that. Big Chem bribed and lied congress into passing anti-marijuana legislation.
100 years later, the lies that created the initial war on drugs combined with the Nixonian enemies list produced war on drugs is still destroying American lives as well as lives across the world.
The US has sent out its messianic missionaries in the INS and DEA to force, bribe and otherwise cajole most of the world into joining the farcical, windmill tilting War On Drugs. Billions and Billions have been spent to stop drug use with the result that more people are using “illicit” drugs than ever before.
The War On Drugs is a huge…no, a YUGE waste of time, effort and resources.
This is where Civil Asset Forfeiture comes into the picture.
The Feds decided that they could take the property of “Drug pushers.” They’d do so based on suspicion alone. No warrant necessary. No due process necessary. They could and do take the property of American Citizens and others within the United States whilst wiping their feet on the US Constitution which is supposed to protect against such unlawful and extra-constitutional seizures. The Fed doesn’t care.
They used Civil Asset Forfeiture to bribe local yokels and large cities into going along with it by “profit sharing” the property, cash and other possessions of the people from whom they extra-legally seized these items.
Local Cops went along because they got cool toys and trips to the Bahamas and end of year bonuses and pay raises. The beauty of Civil Asset Forfeiture for Law Enforcement is that the law states that your property only has to be SUSPECTED of being used or gained in association with Drug Crimes. No proof necessary. Any Police Officer can make a claim. They can take your property. The burden of proof is on you. You must travel to special courts set up for Civil Asset Forfeiture alone. You must spend thousands of dollars to prove that the seized items were lawfully gained and possessed. There is no presumption of innocence until proven guilty. In these cases, your property is guilty until you spend thousands to prove that it was innocent. This is criminal behavior of the State. This is the act of a Police State. This is what I would expect in China, Saudi Arabia or the Soviet Union. I would never expect this kind of criminal behavior out of the United States of America where we are told that we are a Nation of Laws.
You can google all of this. It is right there in black and white.
In the meantime, during the whole of the War On Drugs, the CIA has been using the very people who import drugs into the United States and the Drug Profits from those sales to fund covert operations in places like El Salvador, Iran, Honduras, Panama and Afghanistan. (All available on Google if you want to read about it.) A number of good, well researched books have been published about this. A number of good people have been destroyed for writing about this.
Civil Asset Forfeiture is unconstitutional. It is a crime against Liberty. It is nothing more than Highway Robbery with the Police wearing the Black Hats.
US Department of Education established in 1979 by Jimmy Carter.
The US now spends more money per student than any other Nation in the world. For all of that, the US now ranks somewhere between 17th to 35th in Global Education Rankings on scholastic achievement.
In 1978, the US was Number 1.
Among adults age 25 to 34, the U.S. is ninth among industrialized nations in the share of its population that has at least a high school degree. In the same age group, the United States ranks seventh, with Belgium, in the share of people who hold a college degree.
By both measures, the United States was first in the world as recently as 20 years ago, said Barry McGaw, director of education for the Paris-based Organization for Cooperation and Development. The 30-nation organization develops the yearly rankings as a way for countries to evaluate their education systems and determine whether to change their policies.
The Democratic Party was paid off by Teacher’s Unions to create the Department of Education. The US has been on a free fall in education since.
Abolish the Department of Education. Push Education back down to the States. Centralization of Education is a mistake. It’s a tragedy. No two people learn the same. No two people test the same. You cannot standardize education. We learn differently. We process differently.
The current education system is akin to grabbing a million squares, triangles, circles and ovals and smashing them into star shaped slots.
The American Education Department destroys more than it creates.
“We live in a globally competitive knowledge based economy, and our children today are at a competitive disadvantage with children from other countries,” Duncan said. “That is absolutely unfair to our children and that puts our country’s long term economic prosperity absolutely at risk.”
The Left is going crazy over Betsy DeVos. I can’t see how she can do any worse with the Department of Education than anyone since President Carter established the failed institution.
This is a Ford Ranger (LTV) Ambulance in the Afghan National Army (ANA)
This is not! lol
Andrew Bacevich: I think the place to begin is to remember that Barack Obama made two promises. The first promise was to end the Iraq War, which he dismissed as “the stupid war,” and the second promise was to win the Afghanistan War, which he described as “the necessary war.” Lo and behold, here we are eight years later and he has been unable to deliver on either promise. I don’t believe that those two failures alone should fully define or inform our judgments as to his success or failure as a president, but they have to constitute two very big black marks on his record.
When I look beyond those two failures, it seems to me that the record is at best mixed. To his credit, he gave up on George W. Bush’s illusions of being able to bring that part of the world into conformity with American wishes by simply relying on American military power. He gave up on the “invade and occupy to transform” model that President Bush pursued first in Afghanistan and then in Iraq. We can credit President Obama with reducing the costs sustained by the United States in terms of Americans being killed and the number of dollars being wasted.
However, he has not devised any kind of a coherent strategy to bring about the restoration of stability in the Greater Middle East. One thing he has done that may hold hope for the future is the Iran nuclear deal. That deal eased pressures from hawks to attack Iran in order to prevent it from developing nuclear weapons. It also creates a decent possibility of bringing Iran in from the cold and thereby resetting the region in ways that could—emphasize “could,” no assurances—10-20 years from now, facilitate the restoration of something approximating stability.
John Mearsheimer: I agree with everything Andy said, but I’d like to build on it and come at it from a slightly different perspective. My position is that the United States is much worse off today than it was in 2009, when Obama became the president. Just to focus on the Middle East, where Andy focused most of his attention, I think it is quite clear that, except for the Iran nuclear deal, under President Obama we have helped create a zone of disaster in that region of the world. Obama is principally responsible for getting the United States involved in Syria—although we didn’t use military force there, we have played a key role in the effort to overthrow Bashar al-Assad, which has failed and has created a disastrous situation. We also played a key role in bringing down Muammar Qaddafi in Libya and helped turn that country into the Wild West. And the situation in both Iraq and Afghanistan continues to be basically terrible, certainly from an American point of view. So, we’ve made a giant mess in the Middle East. It started under Bush, but it’s continued under Obama.
When you look beyond the Middle East, there are all sorts of reasons for concern. I believe that the Obama administration is principally responsible for the mess that we’re now in regarding Russia, which is mainly about Ukraine. I believe the Obama administration was asleep at the switch, not paying attention to what NATO and EU expansion—and promoting democracy in places like Ukraine and Georgia—meant to the Russians. The end result of our unrelenting policy to try and make Ukraine and Georgia part of the West is that we caused a major crisis with Russia, which is not in the American national interest. It would make much more sense, from our perspective, if we had good relations with the Russians; but of course we don’t, and I think the principal reason is because of the West’s foreign policy—and the main force driver there has been the United States.
AB: One reason for optimism is that Trump will not be unconstrained. Whatever his reckless and irresponsible inclinations, he’s going to meet resistance—some of it domestic, some of it from abroad. One reason for pessimism is that Trump shows little ability or even inclination to appreciate the forces in play that are changing the international order. The world is remarkably fluid. His perspective is static—stuck in some past that doesn’t exist and may never have existed.
Judah Adunbi has spent the greater part of a decade trying to improve relations between police in southwestern England and the members of his Afro-Caribbean community. Still, all the advocacy and the meetings with police were ineffective in getting the 63-year-old dreadlocked man out of the predicament he was in earlier this month –…
“I want to be part of the right slanted movement in ruling our democratic republic. I believe the ‘movement’ is by the ‘salt of the earth’ persons who believe in God and the freedoms of citizens of any country.”
Elected Representatives serve.
Christianity is a personal choice. It is not a State mandate. Religion is of conscience. It cannot be forced upon a people or a person. One must accept Christianity for it to be a reality. If Christians force their religion upon humankind via State Force, they are no better than the Soviet Communist or Wahhabi Islamist.
I’m not certain why American Christians cannot comprehend this.
I was fairly certain that Hillary had lost when she was nominated. Back around September of last year, I knew that Trump would be elected.
Conservative Christians did not win this election. Liberalism was repudiated by a slight majority with the election of Trump. More people, in my opinion, voted against Hillary than for Trump.
I have seen wisdom come from both the Left and the Right. I have witnessed it elsewhere as well. There is wisdom in the philosophies of Buddhism, Hinduism, Zoroastrianism, Wicca, Conservatism, Communitarianism and Communism as well as Liberalism and Christianity. I have witnessed it. There is wisdom in humanity.
The Liberals should back off. I said the same thing of Conservatives in the Obama era. I warned Liberals to be wary of their vindictiveness and to be especially careful with the precedents set by their Dear Leader Obama. None heeded the call. Now they will reap what they have sown.
Such is the way of the world. The masses rarely ever learn. Four to Twelve years from now, the pendulum will swing back to the Liberals. Will Conservatives have learned the necessary lessons or will they be as arrogant as they and their Liberal counterparts have always been.
I think the arrogance will remain. The Right and Left have become blind and deaf to all others. This is why they constantly lose Middle America and find themselves out of office and in the minority so often. The Democrats and Republicans never learn. They are 20% or so on either side of the political fringe. The Great Middle swings back and forth as they have no other choice. They tire of one and flock to the other. They tire of that one and flock to the other side. This has been American Politics since the founding of the two party system.
Elected Representatives do not rule the American Republic. Elected Representatives serve. When they fail to serve, they are voted out.
Those who seek to rule are no better than the despots of Saudi Arabia.
I didn’t vote for the guy. I didn’t vote for HER either.
I would rather have Donald Trump as President than HER.
Liberals, you lost. Conservatives, you did not win.
I abhor the Liberal Left. I simply cannot stand the self righteous Conservative Right.
Donald Trump is President because a large enough percentage of the middle 60% of Americans decided that they had had enough of the Democrats. Barack Obama was arrogant despite not accomplishing much of anything. Barack Obama murdered American Citizens overseas. No due process. No trial by peers. No justice. Murder.
Barack Obama and the Liberal Left pushed too hard for their “Social Justice” agenda. Most Americans do not care about the challenges of minorities. Most Americans have no LGBT(Q) agenda. Most American do not hate Black people. Most Americans really do not think about Black people. Most Americans have their own challenges in life.
The poor have always had challenges in America. The poor includes a great many White people. Telling this huge swath of White Americans that they have privilege is imbecilic. The average American of European descent has and has had their own historical challenges. Irish people were and are referred to as “White Niggers.” Tell them that they have “White Privilege.” Germans and Poles were treated exactly as Mexicans are treated now. Italians were treated similarly.
Yet, somehow, the Left believes that all White people are a huge monolithic and homogeneous group who think exactly alike and have all of the same privileges as does a Donald Trump, Warren Buffet, Bill Clinton or a Bill Gates. This simply is not true.
The Left wanted us to believe that all “People of Color” were the same. People of Color are all discriminated against. People of Color are all mistreated. People of Color are all victims. This simply is not true.
Yet, the Left will not stand down from these foolish cries of bigotry and racism. Apathy is not racism. Apathy is not bigotry. Being consumed by the challenges of one’s life to the point that one does not notice the challenges of the Left’s pet victim groups does not make one a racist or a bigot. It means one has one’s own life challenges and has no energy to spend on causes outside of one’s own small world. When a White person is barely able to hold their own household and family together, feed their children and keep them inside and out of the cold, they don’t have time to spend on worry about the pet causes of the Left. This does not make these people racist and it certainly does not mean that they have some form of privilege.
Not being harassed by the Police is not a privilege. Not being watched by store owners and mall security because one is White is not a privilege. I understand that Black people live in this bizarre world where the color of their skin is held against them. The absence of this ignorant phenomenon does not constitute privilege. That is backward thinking.
The people who came up with the concept of White Privilege are the very persons responsible for the image of Black people in America. They are the Mainstream Media and Hollywood. For decades, the Leftist MSM and Hollywood have stereotyped and typecasted Black people as thugs, criminals, drug lords and gang members. Middle America believed them. Now, Middle America is being held at fault for the sins of the MSM and Hollywood. This is insane. You, MSM and Hollywood, created this phenomenon. You are to blame. The Oscars are “so White” because you created this dynamic. You fostered these fears and feelings. Yes, you did that.
Most Americans do not care to see Homosexuals on every TV Show and in every movie. We don’t care. Homosexuality is not nearly as prevalent in daily living as it is made to be in Hollywood and on TV. Pushing that agenda and normalizing something that is not actually “normal” or mainstream in America is a mistake. People should not persecute others for their sex lives. Likewise, folks should not be persecuted if they wish to not be disposed to homosexuality. Nor should Americans be told that they are ignorant and backward if they do not wish to be exposed to homosexuality.
Gavin McInnis said it best. “We’re not homophobes. We’re ‘homobored.'”
I would think that Donald Trump has been exposed to homosexuality more than any other President in History. Yet, the Left has ramped up fears in the homosexual community bordering on mass hysteria.
Donald Trump has worked with women for decades. He did not say that he grabbed pussies. He said that women will allow famous and rich men to do anything up to and including grabbing them by the pussy. Those are two different statements. Yet, the Left, again, has ramped up hysteria amongst the women of the Left so much so that they are marching on Washington.
The Left lost the election. You cheated for Hillary. You cheated Bernie Sanders. You lied, cheated and stole the nomination for the Clintons.
Now, you say that Russia helped Trump steal the election. You say that Russia interfered with Election 2016. I say we should give Putin a medal if he was even remotely responsible for keeping the war mongering Clinton out of the White House.
At the same time that the Left accuses Russia of interfering with the recent election, you ignore the 20 plus Millions that Saudi Arabia pumped into the Clinton campaign and the Clinton Global Initiative. I’d bet that since war mongering, Wahhabist loving Hillary Clinton has seen a substantial drop in donations to the Clinton Global Initiative since Election Tuesday. Clinton has no more influence in American foreign policy. There is no longer need to funnel bribes through her “charity.”
Barack Obama has spent the last 8 years wreaking havoc and sowing chaos across the Globe. He, who was pre-awarded a Nobel, invaded more sovereign States and Nations than did George W. Bush and Dick Cheney.
Obama brought jobs back to America. Low wage jobs that counted statistically but not in the lives of Americans. He improved no lives excepting, of course, his cronies at Goldman Sachs, Big Pharma, Big Med and Big Insurance. His efforts have been extremely awarding for his cronies. Let us not forget Solyndra.
Obama did nothing with the War on Drugs or, as I like to call it, the War On American Liberty, Rights and Freedom.
The Average American is not better off now than in 2008. Many are, indeed, worse off. Banking and Investing professionals are much better off.
Poor people now have insurance. The Middle Class is now being raped by the Insurance industry. Medical costs are still out of control. Pharmaceuticals are still outrageously priced. Big Pharma is still killing hundreds of thousands per year more than illicit narcotics. The criminal drug cartels are the legal drug companies such as Pfizer. Legal opium kills. Legal cocaine kills. Marijuana has still yet to take its first life. Yet, we have a war on marijuana being perpetrated by the DEA, FBI, ATF and local law enforcement whilst the real criminals rake in billions in profit.
Obama pardoned, etc a few thousand of the heinous drug convictions that have crushed the lives of Americans. Yet, he did nothing about the criminality of the For Profit Prison cartels. His acts of generosity to a few Americans was less than a band-aid on a problem that has been decades in the making thanks to Richard Nixon and every President since.
Obama changed nothing. He brought hope to a few million poor people at the expense of a many more millions of folks barely hanging on above poverty levels.
This was not Hope and Change. It was chicanery and deception.
These are reasons for the rise of Trump’s populist brand of politics.
The Left doesn’t want to hear any of this.
The danger is that the Conservative GOP will claim this as their victory. Trump won because Middle America grew tired of the arrogance and preaching of the Left. The Conservative Right will not learn this. They will grow arrogant as well. They will push their faux, self righteous agenda and be expelled again in four to eight years.
This is America. A pendulum ever swinging.
As long as there are only two options, we will continue to stagnate with the same unexceptional politicians and ideologies that have kept us from moving forward for the past 40 years. Great progress was made into the 1980s. Since Reagan, there has been no real progress. There has only been infighting and hatred. It is time for something new.
The old system has grown staid, tired, obsolete. America either tries something new or it continues to decline.
Obama was the first sign of decline. A President who finds America and Americans abhorrent. Barack Obama was a President of the Yankee North and Hollywood Left Coast. He hated all other sections.
Trump is a President of Appalachia and the Deep South. They hate the Yankee North and the Hollywood Left Coast.
If you think there is not Appalachia, Deep South or Yankee North, you are ignorant of the real America.
America needs a truly American President.
It is not that I don’t believe that #BlackLivesMatter. It is that I believe that #NoLifeMatters to the State.
Black Lives Matter misses the whole damned point. The State doesn’t care about you. The masses don’t care about you. They never will. Black people do not care about the masses. Nor do White people.
Generally speaking, the average Homo Sapiens cares about a small circle of friends, family and acquaintances. Outside of that circle, everything grows abstract.
If a White person has Black friends, that White person will have some awareness of the trials of being Black in America. If they do not, they will not. Nor will they generally think about it.
This is the same with Black people, Asian, Arab and other people.
Which brings us to the challenge of #BlackLivesMatter. By focusing on such a specific group of people, you have left out a majority of the population of America. Those with Black friends, family and acquaintances will care to some degree. Those outside of the circle may show some empathy but will expend zero energy for a cause outside of their circle of awareness and empathy.
The use of BLACK in the term is self defeating.
And then we have this odd demand of those who listen to Hip Hop and Rap for Cultural Awareness.
Do Black people concern themselves with the culture of other peoples when they listen to classical music, Persian or Arab music, or, even, Shakira? If not, why is it incumbent upon White people to know the history of Hip Hop or Robert Johnson when they listen to this music.
Most people listen to music that moves them. Very few people delve into the lives or histories behind the music.
It doesn’t help matters when Black Americans claim pieces of history for themselves that have occurred all across the planet. For instance, braided hair. Black people in Africa and Slaves are not the only folks in history to have ever braided their hair. This goes for dreadlocks and a whole slew of “Black Culture” claims.
Here’s something that no one is talking about. I’ve spent a bit of time in Afghanistan. One problem that we’ve had there is extremely Pro-American Afghans suddenly “turning” on the US/Coalition. Later, we find out that these persons families were targeted. The guy is given a choice. Commit this heinous act and kill Americans or ISIS/Taliban/Haqqani kills their daughter, son, mother, father, wife, etc.
How do we know that this is not the case with this seemingly pro-American Somali.
He may not be the terrorist. He may be a fellow victim.
What would you do if you received a video or a letter stating that your family will be killed, tortured, raped and/or brutalized if you don’t do as ordered by the terrorists. As we accept more and more refugees, these will be issues which America must deal. Accept refugees and you accept a “knapsack” of challenges.
This possibility must be taken into account when accepting refugees who have family in any area which is held by ISIS, the Taliban or any other Extremist Group.
Or…we could take out the real enemy — Saudi Arabia.