A Washington Post journalist comes upon a 70 year old homeless man, Robert Fox, who needs 27USD to get home to see his daughter at Christmas.
Instead of giving the guy 27USD, the Journalist writes a “human interest story”, more than likely, aimed at Christians and Donald Trump.
Michael S. Williams has no soul. He is cruel and without heart. This is not a story. It’s an act of cruelty. Why couldn’t he have purchased the ticket for him? Why couldn’t he make the short drive to Fredericksburg? I lived in DC for five years. It is a 30 minute drive that would have lasted a lifetime in the memory of Fox and Willians. Instead, Williams decided to profit from misery as is usual for the Progressive Left. Michael S. Williams must be a sadist.
73% of Americans say that the American economy is good or excellent. Similar numbers say that their life is better economically and financially. These are numbers haven’t been seen in a generation or more. Democrats and their pets in the mainstream media hate this. The Progressive Left cannot grasp for power if things are going too well for Americans. The Progressive Left needs victims upon whom to prey for their power.
If there are no victims, there is no Democratic Party. The Left is left with a few small groups of Transsexuals who hate “Cis-genders” and other small special interest groups who wish to force Americans to pay for their AIDS drugs and gender reassignment surgeries and abortions. Hate and Anger are all that the Left has. This is all they know.
Warren, Biden, Mayor Petey and the rest of the Trans-Progs hate America and Americans. They want the bad times back so they can get votes and push their hate agenda all the way to the White House.
Robert Fox is homeless. In every city run by Democrats, homelessness is a scourge. What is the cause? Progressive policy encourages dependence and hopelessness. The Left encourages people to depend upon the State. The Left encourages faux outrage. The Left encourages virtue signaling. The Left encourages people to be or become victims and to blame any plight, any hardship on anyone else and, then, to seek “free stuff” from the State. The Left has discarded the Declaration of Independence for a dependence upon the tyranny of the State.
That isn’t America. That’s the stuff of the Soviet Union and Communist China. That is the process by which the Free become the Slave.
I’m surprised Williams didn’t echo Mayor Pete and tell us that Fox, like Jesus, was homeless on Christmas day.
See ta-nehisicoates.com for more lies and propaganda. The brilliant Dr. Coates can dissemble with the best of them.
I’ve personally never heard a credible case for reparations. Reparations for slavery is a scam. It is another example of the true goal of the Socialists and their divisive inclusivity. The American Left simply desires to vilify descendants in America of Western European origin and “Whiteness”.
I find it interesting that today’s racial activists have focused on the White Anglo-Saxon Protestant. Most of the Americas went untouched by England. The majority of slaves and the majority of the Americas was colonized by Spain. Somehow, these LatinX activists forget that the Spanish were the most heinous and brutal slave power in the Western Hemisphere. The Spanish committed genocide and murdered all who failed to adapt to Spanish culture and religion. This is why so many in Latin America are Catholic and why so many of the peoples of the Americas speak exclusively the Spanish language. Spain murdered the local cultures out of the locals leaving only the Spanish culture in place. Despite, this violence, Spain and “Latin-ness” escapes their condemnation of the LatinX activist community. They simply hate White people. Spain was so successful in destroying the African and the pre- Colonial Americas’ Indigenous people’s sense of self that most identify more with “Latin-ness” or being Spanish and speaking Spanish than they do with any identity that predated their ancestors enslavement. Yet, Latin American activists firmly believe that America, the United States, and England were the cause of all of their problems. To the Latin American, they’ve forgotten Spain existed. The White European, especially the English, are the great villain. If they were to stop and look inwards, they would come to understand that the Spanish culture which they celebrate is the great villain of their existence.
Yet, these activists, like Coates, Ilhan Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Rashida Tlaib are not looking for truth. They need a villain. They must have a villain. They have chosen the White Man and “Whiteness”.
Without a villain, they can have no victims. Without victims, they cannot survive.
Until we stop creating victims, it’s gonna be really hard for America to survive.
If we do not stop creating victims and, instead, start empowering people, America will . not survive.
Reparations is just another victim scam of the Left. It’s another way for a few to enrich themselves from the many. It’s another way for lifetime “public servants” to continue to become multimillionaires.
Whilst the poor get poorer, the Public Servants get richer and richer.
When all of the tribes and kingdoms of Africa pay reparations to all of the ancestors of slaves whom they sold into slavery, I will consider thinking about the possibility of reparations.
If the supporters of this tax can trace the owners of slaves and the corporations which directly profited from slavery, I will support legislation creating a targeted reparations tax paid directly by those persons and their descendants who can be proven to be profiting from slavery or be in the possession of monies gained from slavery.
A general fund created from income taxes should never be considered. There is no proof that the general populace profited directly from slavery. That cannot be proven.
If it can be proven, show me that proof.
There is not one slave holder in my ancestry. Half of my family came to the United States in the 1880s. The other half was poor White folk who owned no slaves and was made destitute during the Great Depression. Before the Great Depression, they were merely poverty stricken. The only members of my family who fought and died during the American Civl War fought for the Union. My family paid all dues owed at that time and, yet, never owned slaves.
For what do I owe when it comes to enslavement of the African American. How am I more in debt to the ancestors of the enslaved African Americans than the Africans who originally sold them out of Africa?
How is the average American more indebted to the average African American than the original bondsmen in Africa who profited immensely and who still profit to this day?
No one can ever answer these questions. Instead, I get called a racist or tole that I have no empathy. Correct on that mark. I have no empathy for folks who just want “free” money stolen by the State from their fellow citizens.
Someone show me definitively how I, an uninvolved, non-affluent, White American am in debt to ancestors of slaves over 150 years after slavery ended at the cost of my ancestors lives when the Africans who enriched themselves by selling those ancestors in to slavery owe nothing.
If the answer involves “White Privilege”, the argument ends before it begins.
In the end, Reparations is naught but another leftist scam meant to keep African Americans on the Democratic Plantation. Same old Master. Same old Slaves.
Betsy Ross was born into a Quaker family. She grew up a Quaker. She was born in Pennsilvania which was a free State and had already abolished slavery. It is as likely as not that Ross was on the anti-slavery side of the equation.
If the Flag of the United States of America is offensive and reeks of slavery then so to does every African Flag extant.
Slavery is ongoing in Africa. Africans are being sold as slaves as I type this.
Is Africa offensive and does it carry slavery connotations?
If the answer is no, then Colin Kaepernick is a hypocrite.
Are you a hypocrite, Colin Kaepernick?
Nike is hypocritical as well.
There would have been no African slave trade were it not for Africans selling their brothers and sisters enmasse for hundreds and thousands of years.
Everything African is offensive and has slavery connotations.
This includes Egypt and Islam which originated in Arabia in the Middle East.
As a matter of fact, being African and Black Pride is offensive and carries connotations of slavery because Africans were extremely proud of their Slaving history and became extremely wealthy from the sale of human beings into bondage.
If this shoe is offensive and has “slavery connotations”…
How is this shoe not offensive and how does it not have “slavery connotations”…
Egypt is one of the first empires to hold slaves. Essentially Egypt invented slavery. Egypt started slavery thousands of years before the United States of America existed and there are slaves being bought and sold in Egypt right now.
And then there is this shoe…
Africans grew immeasurably wealthy from the African slave trade to the Americas and elsewhere. Africans grow wealthy from selling and trading in the human bondage business at this moment.
No! White people are not solely responsible for slavery or the enslavement of millions of Africans. If everything White is offensive to people like Colin Kaepernick, why isn’t everything Black and African equally offensive to them. Is Colin Kaepernick a simple minded racist? More and more, it would seem that this is an explanation for his behaviors and mindset.
I was a supporter of Colin Kaepernick as you would inevitably find by perusing my blog. I am reconsidering that support and finding myself more and more on a different side. It would seem that Colin Kaepernick has initiated a War on Whiteness.
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!
The South was decimated by Northern Aggression.
There are some families which profited from slavery that still exist out there, I’m sure. There aren’t many. The family of Anderson Cooper, the Vanderbilts, are one such family. I’m sure that the Duponts are another. The Bush Family is yet another. There are Black people themselves who fall into this category. Many American Black people are ancestors of former slave owners. Several of Barack Obama’s ancestors owned slaves. The Bush family is directly descended from a notorious slaver trader.
However, in the end, nearly every human being on earth is descended from Slaves and from Slave Owners.
Here is a good piece that I found which explains it a bit:
Immigrants from other country would be descendants from Ottoman slave owners or Indian slave-owners or Chinese slave-owners. The Bible and the Quran both clearly support slavery, so Jews and Muslims and Christians have all owned slaves at some point in history. The Spartans had slaves (helots outnumbered Spartans by a factor of 7). Most ancient Greek cities were about 30% slave population at least. Rome, Spain, Brittain, Russia, China, Australia. The term “Slav” which covers Slavic people is where the term slave comes from, as the Muslims expanded during the 7th and 8th century they imported a lot of Slavic slaves from Italian merchants. The mongols enslaved thousands in the 13th century, and Genghis Khan owned slaves and 1 in 200 men on earth are directly descended from him. The Barbary slave trade was comparable to the Atlantic Slave trade and it was active during some of the same time periods, this was North African pirates capturing slaves from all around the Mediterranean and completely enslaving entire stretches of coastal cities (enslaving ~1 million “European Christians”).
So the answer is: 100%. All humans are directly descended from slave-owners. And from slaves. At some point in history, one of our ancestors thought it was his right to own another one of our ancestors.
So, who pays who?
Black people’s ancestors most likely invented slavery as Africa is the origin of the first civilizations (or so I’ve been told many times). Many Black people are rightfully proud of this fact. They fail to recognize the full import of this fact, though. All who have followed from African Civilizations FOLLOWED THE EXAMPLE of African Civilizations. That means that all follow on civilizations learned SLAVERY from African Civilizations. They learned SUPREMACY from African Civilizations. They learned OPPRESSION from African Civilizations. They learned PATRIARCHALISM from African Civilizations. They learned War and to pillage, rape and conquer from African Civilizations.
Who pays who?
Reparations were given at one time already. It was called Freedom. It was also called Reconstruction. Then there was 40 Acres and a Mule. Of course, the government did not follow through completely on Sherman’s 40 Acres (and a mule) promise. However, some did get it. The South was destroyed and is only now recovering from the North’s aggressive invasion and destruction.
And again, Slavery has been a legal institution since antiquity. It was invented by the earliest civilizations. It was invented by PEOPLE OF COLOR. Whitey European only followed the example set by PEOPLE OF COLOR in the Great Civilizations of the Middle East and AFRICA.
I’ve never seen a descendant of the Slavers of Africa volunteer to pay reparations. Why should I volunteer to pay reparations. My family NEVER owned slaves. My line goes back to Switzerland, Scotland and Ireland. My Scot/Irish ancestors were dirt poor. We were adversely affected by slavery in that slavery took good jobs from us and devalued labor. My Swiss ancestors came over in the 1880s. They had absolutely nothing to do with slavery as it had been abolished for two decades by the time of their arrival.
What do I owe any slave or slave descendant? What does my family owe any slave or descendant of slaves.
The Irish were treated worse than slaves in their own homeland. That’s why my people fled. There was a time when my people were serfs who lived in mud pits IN THE GROUND and were forced to work the fields of their British Masters.
That’s why so many Irish fled to America even during the War of Northern Aggression where we were taken off the boat and conscripted directly into the Armies which fought the South and which eventually forced Lincoln to declare his Emancipation Proclamation.
Hundreds of Thousands of White Men died so that the Slaves could be free. Is their blood not enough? Now, some would tell those brave young men that their blood is worthless. These people want, a Century later, to take money from the descendants of Union Soldiers. You who have never known slavery feel that you deserve money for slavery.
In the end, the whole conversation is a lie. Reparations are just another form of diversion and division brought up from time to time to “get out the vote” for some Leftist who will never follow through. American fools with their hands out fall for it time and time again. This is why Bernie Sanders has brought it up again.
The Federal Government has oppressed and chased many groups around America and the World. We enslaved millions of Africans and then oppressed them for 100 plus more years with Jim Crow and other depredations. We had the Mormon Wars. We had the Philippine Wars. We took Hawaii against the wishes of her peoples. We forced our dictator of choice on Guatemala and several other Nations in South America. We deposed Mossadegh and installed the despot, impotentate Shah. We have all but forced the House of Saud on the people of Saudi Arabia. We forced petty slobs on the people of South Vietnam and assassinated them when they wouldn’t toe our line. We supported Noriega until he developed an independent streak and only then decided that his drug business was criminal. And then there is the 100 plus year genocide of the American Indian that lasted into the 20th Century and in some ways continues still.
I’m not certain why folks place so much faith in a government that has failed morally time and time again. We are failing morally now in the Wars on Terror and Drugs. Yet, Democrats and Republicans swear that this time it will be different.
From where does this misplaced trust in our government spring.
Study real history and ask yourself? Did the “American Century” really make the world a better place or did it simply sustain American Power and Corporate Opportunity?
Certainly, we project power and open markets. We have also caused instability throughout the Middle East. We have supported petty impotentates across the world. Not only have we supported them, we have installed them and aided in the murder of the democratic opposition at the behest of Corporate entities such as United Fruits, Big Oil and others. Is this a moral stance?
I think not.
Where is the shining city on the hill with which Reagan mesmerized America? The people of the world grow more desperate as America’s multinational corporations and banks grow more powerful.
I’ve figured out “White Privilege.”
White Privilege is the arrogance of descendants of Leftist European Persons, having decimated, colonized, raped, pillaged and conquered descendants of the poor of the European and American Continents as well as the African, Asian and Arab lands affirming that the world is exactly as it should be and arrogating to themselves the right and responsibility to ensure the status quo. These Elitists then use all means in their power to ostracize any and all other nations and/or peoples who use their own tactics against them and/or others.
White Privilege is an American-Euro Leftist Tactic of domination. It is a means of Leftist Socialists continuing to prey upon others of differing and opposing political, religious, cultural or racial makeup from themselves.
White Privilege is self righteous hypocrisy intended to keep the poor and “colored” people’s of the planet from rising up and throwing off the Slavers and Statists.
The perfect exemplars of this attitude are Hillary Clinton, Harry Reid and Barack “I’m Half White” Obama. Also, see The Bush Dynasty, Dick Cheney, Ronald Reagan.
You have no RIGHT to the labor of another. You have no authority to demand that another human being do your bidding.
You do have the ability to contract[ing] for the labor of another.
A contract is a two way agreement wherein both parties agree to some exchange of services/goods/labor in return for services/goods/labor.
Both parties must agree to the contract.
You have no right to the other parties agreement.
Except via the coercion of the State. If the State deems that you have a right to the labor of others, then you have a legal right but not a natural right.
This is where you err on the side of despotism.
If the State can demand that a bigot provide a cake for a gay person or that a bigot cater a gay persons wedding, where does it end.
If you wish to grant the State those powers on your behalf, then you forfeit all right to complain about items such as institutional racism.
Those who argue in favor of State enforced rights such as the right to the labor of others, the right to forced association, the right to forced contract, you are arguing for tyranny.
Any right that must be enforced by the State is a threat of violence.
You, who are arguing for these legal rights, are arguing in favor of the Police who killed Eric Garner and every other victim of the State.
Your desires and actions are no better than that of the Christian bigot who irrationally (based upon his misinterpretations of the message of Christ) discriminates against Homosexuals or Black people. I would argue that these actions are worse. You are essentially demanding involuntary servitude based on your beliefs that people should not discriminate when, in fact, we all discriminate to one degree or another.
I’m not certain that many have thought this through to its logical Statist conclusion.
What is up with the Democratic Party?
Every evil that is conceivable has been perpetrated by the Democrats.
The Trail of Tears
The Vietnam War
The Cold War
The United Nations
The Original Chickenhawks
I could go on and on.
Yet, now, they attempt to act innocent and they call the Republicans racist.
As if history did not exist.
Now, we have Obamacare & White Privilege.
We have Democrats attempting to tell us that the GOP is bought and paid for (IT IS) while pretending that they, the Left, are not owned by the same Goldman Sachs cabal.
Obama was against the war in Iraq until he made it his own by screwing up across the Middle East. Now, the Nobel laureate is in love with the War in Iraq. After all, Iraq War 3.0 is his own war. Of course, he loves it.
Obama invented Terror Tuesday where he votes THUMBS UP or THUMBS DOWN like a Roman Emperor in the Coliseum on whether to assassinate American Citizens or to drone the hell out of mostly random brown folks in Central Asia and the Middle East.
Meddling in the Middle East was a terrible crime under Bush. Bush was a war criminal. Obama has meddled ever more and in a much more corrupt, cronyistic and incompetent manner, yet, you are a racist if you question his war mongering across the Brown portion of the Planet.
Perhaps, some fuckin’ Democrat can explain this shit to me.
The DNC has murdered and rampaged its way across history and somehow blames it all on the GOP…and you are a racist.
Black lives matter. All lives matter. No lives matter.
A life matters only to the extent that one makes one’s life matter.
Here is the problem with the “Black Solidarity movement” and “#Blacklivesmatter”
It is almost always a dirtbag at the center of the controversy.
Why should I rally around a movement that centers on Trayvon Martin and Mike Brown? Two lives that had a 99% chance of amounting to nothing but wasted air and tax dollars.
Trayvon Martin was every bit the punk that Zimmerman is. Mike Brown was every bit the idiot and waste of air that is the State Thug that murdered him.
The other guy who was murdered by the Police. I’m seeing him as a mostly innocent victim of Statism. He as assassinated by State Thugs. But he was known to break the laws of the State. For better or worse, he was infamous as being a seller of illegal cigarettes. Illegal because the State wasn’t getting it’s cut. Any citizen who refuses to render unto Caeser is asking for the State to send it’s Army of Thugs to their door for a good beating and possibly an unofficial death sentence.
This is America.
Minorities are an easier target for the State.
And here is one big slap in the face for you.
New York is a Liberal Town. Missouri has been run by the Democrats for decades. Democrats are a part of the State Machinery and Democrats send their State Thugs out into the Street every day just like the GOP does.
To the DNC, Black people are merely modern slaves on a new plantation. Democrats know that Black people are going to vote as a nearly solid block for Democrats. They do not have to do a thing, lift a finger or grant one favor. They need solve nothing. They need do nothing for the Black community such as it is.
Democrats know that regardless of the injustice that exists in the State Machinery and no matter how many State Sponsored Thugs murder Black citizens that Black people will vote for Democrats.
Black people were bought and paid for 50 years ago and only the Al Sharptons and Jesse Jacksons profited. MLK and Malcolm were murdered as part of the bargain.
And still Black people as a community are too ignorant to see the obvious.
Until Black people start voting on issues and look past the DNC to other avenues for political empowerment not one thing will change and no Black Lives will Matter.
Hollywood Liberals know this and know that the majority of Black people will continue to vote Democrat and that the Black community can be used by the DNC to further empower a White Affluent Elite that cares for nothing beyond their own status.
Barack Obama is merely another Democrat who lies to the Black Community while watching them fall further behind the rest of America.
Soon, the Latinos will pass the Black Community as the “people of color” preferred by the DNC.
How much will Black Lives Matter at that point?
If your greatest accomplishment in life is turning food into poop, your life doesn’t matter.
Obama’s Executive Order 13603 essentially repeals the 13th Amendment; gives the Federal Government the power to enslave citizens:
Sec. 502. Consultants. The head of each agency otherwise delegated functions under this order is delegated the authority of the President under sections 710(b) and (c) of the Act, 50 U.S.C. App. 2160(b), (c), to employ persons of outstanding experience and ability without compensation and to employ experts, consultants, or organizations. The authority delegated by this section may not be redelegated.
Sec. 601. Secretary of Labor. (a) The Secretary of Labor, in coordination
with the Secretary of Defense and the heads of other agencies, as deemed
appropriate by the Secretary of Labor, shall:
(1) collect and maintain data necessary to make a continuing appraisal
of the Nation’s workforce needs for purposes of national defense;
(2) upon request by the Director of Selective Service, and in coordination
with the Secretary of Defense, assist the Director of Selective Service
in development of policies regulating the induction and deferment of
persons for duty in the armed services;
(3) upon request from the head of an agency with authority under this
order, consult with that agency with respect to: (i) the effect of contemplated
actions on labor demand and utilization; (ii) the relation of
labor demand to materials and facilities requirements; and (iii) such other
matters as will assist in making the exercise of priority and allocations
functions consistent with effective utilization and distribution of labor;
(4) upon request from the head of an agency with authority under this
order: (i) formulate plans, programs, and policies for meeting the labor
requirements of actions to be taken for national defense purposes; and
(ii) estimate training needs to help address national defense requirements
and promote necessary and appropriate training programs
Why should a non-victim or partial victim or co-victim have to pay reparations for a crime, oppression, repression or suppression which they did not commit and against which they have or would have fought if they were alive at the time.
I have been a victim of racism on several occasions. I was jumped by 8 black men simply because I was White. I was lucky as I wasn’t as alone as they thought I was and several friends, including Black friends, came to my aid.
How can I blame Black people for beating my ass when Black people were among those who came to my aid?
It’s the same with Slavery.
African Slaves were sold into slavery by Africans. They were sold to Europeans, other Africans as well as to Arabs and Asians.
African Slaves were ultimately freed, in America, because White people fought to uphold the Union. That fight, ultimately, ended slavery for the African in America.
Ironically, Slavery is still legal in some African Nations. It still exists. IN AFRICA.
Somehow, Bill Clinton thought it wise, humanitarian…an American duty to apologize to Africa for African Slavery.
That never made sense to me.
“Africa, we apologize Slavery by which I mean we apologize for purchasing slaves from African Slave traders who enriched themselves off of the African Slave trade.”
And now others wish for those who are descendants of non-slave holding Americans to pay folks who were never enslaved but who were descendants of slaves some 150 odd years ago or more because Africans sold Africans in to slavery to peoples of other nations thereby creating for all future Americans a period of indentured servitude that is essentially unconstitutional by enslaving future generations of said Americans to the Federal State and their minions at the IRS who will be forced to pay off the debt created by said reparations.
Something about that makes zero sense to me.
Maybe it’s just me.
Washington, Madison, Jefferson, Lee and many other founding fathers spoke often of the abhorrence of slavery. Yet, each owned slaves.
Each of these men equally spoke of the equality of man. Yet distrusted the “lower orders” to one degree or the others.
They spoke of how the common man would raid the rich eventually when too much power passed to the masses.
This is true on some level as many folks on the lower economic rungs would love nothing more than to take from those who have.
However, those who now have are in possession most probably due to a penchant for theft, bribery, graft…corruption.
Thus it has always been. Thus it will always be.
Hamilton was expressly against placing too much trust in the unwashed masses. For he knew that power changes the economic tide. He had already robbed his way to the top and had no desire to have done to him that which he had done to others.
All rich men were at one time swindlers. Either they or their fathers.
The system being designed to keep in the hands of the swindlers that which they wish to not have likewise swindled away from their pockets.
This is society. This is civilization. Rules by the elite to maintain their status against the ever rising surge of the masses.
Slaves, obey your earthly masters with deep respect and fear. Serve them sincerely as you would serve Christ. (Ephesians 6:5 NLT)
Jesus approved of Slavery or, at the very least, did not disapprove of it. Mankind has since decided that Slavery was immoral.
How can Jesus have been perfect if he believed in the morality of slavery?
Christians will jump through hoops to rationalize this. If Jesus were perfect AND the Alpha and Omega, the “man of his times” defense doesn’t work.
Here are passages from the New Testament:
The servant will be severely punished, for though he knew his duty, he refused to do it. “But people who are not aware that they are doing wrong will be punished only lightly. Much is required from those to whom much is given, and much more is required from those to whom much more is given.” (Luke 12:47-48 NLT)
Jesus, here, appears to be approving of beating slaves for disobedience. Not only did he approve of the practive of human ownership, he believes that beating them is a fair practice.
Below, the Bible actually gives rules to slave ownership:
If you buy a Hebrew slave, he is to serve for only six years. Set him free in the seventh year, and he will owe you nothing for his freedom. If he was single when he became your slave and then married afterward, only he will go free in the seventh year. But if he was married before he became a slave, then his wife will be freed with him. If his master gave him a wife while he was a slave, and they had sons or daughters, then the man will be free in the seventh year, but his wife and children will still belong to his master. But the slave may plainly declare, ‘I love my master, my wife, and my children. I would rather not go free.’ If he does this, his master must present him before God. Then his master must take him to the door and publicly pierce his ear with an awl. After that, the slave will belong to his master forever. (Exodus 21:2-6 NLT)
And here, the Bible speaks approvingly of sex slaves:
When a man sells his daughter as a slave, she will not be freed at the end of six years as the men are. If she does not please the man who bought her, he may allow her to be bought back again. But he is not allowed to sell her to foreigners, since he is the one who broke the contract with her. And if the slave girl’s owner arranges for her to marry his son, he may no longer treat her as a slave girl, but he must treat her as his daughter. If he himself marries her and then takes another wife, he may not reduce her food or clothing or fail to sleep with her as his wife. If he fails in any of these three ways, she may leave as a free woman without making any payment. (Exodus 21:7-11 NLT)
AND it’s all good as long as the Master feeds, clothes and sexes ’em up!
This is basically tacit approval of prostitution and sex slavery.
When a man strikes his male or female slave with a rod so hard that the slave dies under his hand, he shall be punished. If, however, the slave survives for a day or two, he is not to be punished, since the slave is his own property. (Exodus 21:20-21 NAB)
Only if the slave dies is beating punishable by God. Otherwise, the Bible condones the beating of slaves.
It’s all the rage today and for the past decade to attempt to label the people fighting for a cause as FREEDOM FIGHTERS.
Is a Freedom Fighter anyone fighting against a superior force? Is a freedom fighter anyone willing to fight against perceived oppression no matter the ideals for which that group is fighting?
Were Bolsheviks freedom fighters? Are Palestinians freedom fighters? Were the Viet Minh freedom fighters? Are the Taliban freedom fighters? Are Sunni insurgents who are backed by al Qaeda freedom fighters? Are the Hezbollah soldiers backed by Iran in the fight against Lebanese Christians and Israelis fighting for freedom? Are they freedom fighters?
They fit the definition of Wikipedia. Yet, are they fighting for freedom or the freedom to oppress as they see fit to oppress.
Hezbollah is an arm of the Iranian Revolution. They are fighting to establish an extension of the Shi’a form of Iranian oppression over the people of Palestine to include the Jews and Christians of the area. They would impose the Iranian Revolutionary form of governance over the people of Palestine. Hamas, Fatah and the PLA would impose their form of governance which would be Sharia Law on all and sundry in the area. Freedom of Religion and Freedom of Expression and Speech would be on the same level as that of Iran and Saudi Arabia if these folks win. Yet, many consider these groups to be “Freedom Fighters.”
I would make the assumption that to be labeled a Freedom Fighter, one must be fighting for freedom. Freedom being defined as:
: the quality or state of being free: as a : the absence of necessity, coercion, or constraint in choice or action b : liberation from slavery or restraint or from the power of another : independence c : the quality or state of being exempt or released usually from something onerous
Being released from something onerous. The absence of coercion or constraint. I would say destroying a nation that allows free speech and freedom of religion in favor of imposing a Religious Ideology would not qualify as fighting for freedom. We may as well reach back into history and call Hitler or Napoleon Freedom Fighters.
Che Guevara was called a Freedom Fighter. Some went so far as to call Fidel Castro a Freedom Fighter. Simon Bolivar WAS a freedom fighter even though in the end he attempted to establish himself as an Imperial Ruler. He fought to liberate the people of South and Central American from the Colonial oppression of Spain and other European Powers such as Portugal and the Catholic Church. George Washington could be categorized as a Freedom Fighter. He fought for Independence. He was offered absolute power and turned it down in favor of freedom and liberty. The Haitians during the Presidential Administration of Woodrow Wilson could be labelled such without stretching the term.
Woodrow Wilson who championed Self Determination was absolutely not a fighter in the cause of freedom. He championed Freedom and Self determination but only so long as you were White, Anglo Saxon and, preferably, Protestant. Ho Chi Minh, regardless of where he wound up, began as a Freedom Fighter. When Uncle Ho approached Woodrow Wilson, he was in the fight against colonial oppression. He fought for the liberation of Indo-China from French, then Japanese and then, once again, French Colonial control. Once Uncle Ho became the power in North Vietnam, he was no longer a Freedom Fighter. Not because he was “the MAN,” but because he sought to enslave his fellow Vietnamese with the yoke of Communism.
I would posit that no person who fought for Communism could ever be labeled a Freedom Fighter. Communism is a form of coercion. It is a form of constraint. It is enslavement of mind, body and soul. One can not fight for freedom and simultaneously fight for the cause of Communism.
There are many confused folks out there who are wont to use the term Freedom Fighter when speaking of fighters in the cause of Allah. People fighting for the right to darken a land with the laws of Islam. Sharia Law. The imposition of Sharia law is the imposition of a set of laws that enslave mind, body and soul of whole peoples. The choice of religion is taken away. Nearly all choice is taken away in the lands of Sharia law. One must be Muslim or pay a tax for not being so. That’s no choice. One can not choose to leave Islam. The Sentence for leaving Islam is Death. Once one becomes a Muslim, to depart from the Umma is apostasy. Apostasy is a crime punishable by death. The plight of women in Islam is well known. It matters not if it is cultural or religious or a combination thereof. Women are chattel property in Islam. Women have no true rights. They must dress, act and think as the Patriarch demands. They must marry whom they are told to marry. They must act in accordance with the whims of men.
With this in mind, how can a Palestinian be called a Freedom Fighter. The man who fights for Palestine is fighting to impose Islamic Law over a people who may not want to have Sharia Law imposed on them. I’m sure the Christians of Palestine will not be content to live under Sharia law. The Jews of Palestine will not wish to live under Sharia law. Yet, this is the avowed goal. Palestinian Muslims wish to return Palestine to Islam. All of Palestine. The destruction of the Jewish State and the implementation of Islamic Law over all. Islam uber alles, so to speak.
The Maoists in Nepal and Tibet. Are these folks freedom fighters? I think not. They wish to impose Maoist Communism on the people of these two States. Having been successful in Tibet with the “assistance” of the Maoist Chinese, they fight on in Nepal by kidnapping tourists and holding them for ransom.
We, in the West, too often support a cause based on faulty perceptions. Someone labels a group Freedom Fighters. Suddenly and without thought, Westerners jump on the bandwagon. We should put a little thought into our support of these groups. What group would you support in Iran if you were to choose? There are secularists groups in Iran. Secular Socialists. Secular Communists. Secular Islamists. These are the Islamists themselves who are moderate Muslims and wish for Iran to have a Secular Government and Religion to be extracted from the political sphere.
Who would we support if it came down to it? I think our government would be fooled again.
Personally, I’d rather have Saddam Hussein and his Ba’athist Party in control of Iraq than the fools emplaced by Dick Cheney, Don Rumsfield and George Bush. Anyone who espouses religious control of the people is a murderer in waiting. Pat Robertson as Imperial Christian Leader of the Christian States of America would be no different than the Ayatollah Khomeinii. Of that, I have no doubt. He would tell us that GoD ordered that all non-believers, heretics, infidels should be put down and we’d have Americans who would understand and obey those orders. I could see an American Basijji being imposed on us as well under a Christian Administration with the power to do so. Chastity police roaming the streets of LA, New York, Miami and New Orleans.
With that in mind, Freedom Fighters need to maintain their vigilance right here in America. We need not imagine or find foes outside of our borders. We have enemies of freedom right here in America.
The Obama Administration is pushing hard to end internet freedom. That is, however, a bi-partisan issue. Members of both parties wish for this power. The same power held by Communist China. The power to shut down the internet on the mere suggestion of a threat to national security. Republicans are in on the scam to end internet freedom. They lie and say that they aren’t for it even as they were poised to vote for PIPA and the similar bills. Then the American People spoke out on the issue. The people of the United States who love their freedom spoke out and the people’s representatives, by some miracle, listened and acted accordingly. The Big Money of MGM, Sony, Virgin and the other Entertainment Moguls who would have stifled freedom in the name of profit were defeated. But! It’s only round One. They’ll come around again with their greed and demagoguery in the name of Profit and Greed.
Can America be considered to have fought for freedom over this past decade? We fought the Taliban in Afghanistan only to have a Sharia Constitution imposed on the people of Afghanistan. We destroyed the Ba’athist Regime of Saddam Hussein only to install a Constitution in Iraq that is based on Sharia Law. We installed a Government in Iraq via crooked elections that is full of infighting Thugs who are consolidating power into one or two people. I would be surprised by another Iraqi election. Afghanistan elected Hamid Karzai to continue his corrupt associations with Warlords and Muslim Thugs.
Was that “freedom fighting?” If it was freedom, it was short lived. It ended the moment that Religion took precedence over the will of the people.
All we did was throw out the dirty bath water and, then, jumped in the mud as we marveled over the immaculate mud around our ankles.
Was there ever a true instance of Freedom Fighters? I can not think of many instances in history wherein the people were truly fighting for universal freedom. The American Colonies fight against Britain? The Irish against Britain? Gandhi against Britain? Eastern European revolutions against the Soviet Union? The Arab Spring? All of these were marred by instances of people fighting for freedom while enslaving or oppressing others. The American Colonies fought to be liberated from the British Empire while enslaving millions and importing millions more from Africa to be enslaved.
How can Americans, then, have been called Freedom Fighters? We fought for White Male Liberty while simultaneously enslaving millions, committing genocide and denying equality to Women. Americans destroyed and oppressed whole tribes of peoples across the North American continent. Is that Freedom Fighting? We then warred on Mexico because we wanted to take their land. Freedom Fighters? We then stole Hawaii and warred with Spain to take control of Spanish Colonies. Freedom Fighting?
But all of those instances pale in comparison to the fools who called the Communists Freedom Fighters. There were people in America who supported Mao and Lenin and Stalin and Ho Chi Minh. There were probably some misguided fools who supported Pol Pot.
Mao was at times called a Freedom Fighter. Stalin’s minions were called Freedom Fighters in Greece, Italy, South America among other places. These men enslaved millions and slaughtered and starved millions more. Unfortunately, FDR and Churchill had us fighting alongside that murderous Thug Stalin in World War II. We fought Germany to free Eastern European nations from Fascist oppression only to leave them to Communist Enslavement behind the Iron Curtain. In World War II, we allied ourselves with Satan in order to fend off beezlebub.
Were the Soviets who fought Nazis Freedom Fighters? Were Nazis who fought the Soviets Freedom Fighters?
These labels that we place on people are idiotic. No label can nicely and roundly fit a whole group of people. It’s no different using the label “hero” for all Service Members who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan. I can tell you for a fact that not all of them are heroes. A hero is someone who goes above and beyond duty. A hero is supposed to be someone extraordinary. A person who sits in an office on Camp Eggers or NKC for 12 months in Kabul, Afghanistan is no more extraordinary than a person who sits in an office in New York City for 12 months. I don’t care if they wear a uniform or a pair of cut off jeans short and a t-shirt.
Heroes. Freedom Fighters.
Is it all just nonsense? I often wonder. The plain fact is that if everyone is a hero, no one is a hero. Nothing is heroic. What do we call people who actually act in heroic manner? Uber-heroes?
If a freedom fighter can fight for Islamic Sharia or Communism or Slavery, then there is no such thing as Freedom. One can not freedom fight one’s way into universal bondage.