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I’m not a white supremacist because I don’t live in fear and because white supremacy is Fears’ own religion.
I’m sorry the truth hurts. I’m not joking either, I’m honestly sorry even though that empathy doesn’t change any facts here.
Yes, yes, *snort* I know all about it and I know all the bullshit stories y’all tell yourselves to make it feel and smell better because I heard them all coming up, but lookie here I’m family looking out. I’ve seen the shit show and it’s underbelly. I’ve had those stories told to me by folks I grew up around and they’re all just whistlin’ yourself past the grave yard. Every last one.
Let’s really dig in with a bit of history:
I originally hail from Tennessee and I think one of the largest reasons I’m not a white supremacist, coming out of the culture and era I did, is that I wasn’t taught to be one by fear filled people as I grew up.
My family are thinkers and explorers so even though there were lots of folks with racist and supremacist leanings around us in that place and era; from my youngest memories, I was allowed (even encouraged) to seek out friends wherever I found them. I was in a Head Start program at age 5 and 6 in the Knoxville area in ’66 where my curiosity led me to the kids who were different from me, and of different cultures, rather than the white bread kids who looked like me but just sounded stupid because of their hubris over skin color. I was reading pretty well by then and the family had me into things like Mark Twain, Thomas Jefferson, and they were reading /explaining JS Mills to me. Gramps had just bought me a full Encyclopedia Brittanica and an unabridged version of the Oxford English Dictionary which outweighed me.. Or so it seemed. Two new words a day was my joy. Some days it was three or four.
I suspect part of being an explorer type is genetic and one of the “tells” for it is an insanely high curiosity quotient. I definitely have both, and I have them such that I’m insanely curious about the details of why folks do things the way they do them. Everything from phonologically correct pronunciation of odd names to the traditions behind why they cook certain food ingredients with certain sets of spices.
So while I had a few friends who were racist and one who was from a supremacist family (he wasn’t but he needed to hide that); for the most part I found folks like that to be just too hide bound and fearful of anything new or different for my tastes. On the flip side I think my curiosity also scared them a good bit as well. I know it scared the b’Jesus out of one Southern Baptist preacher man because he beat me for it. (A different story for a different time)
Damned if any of ‘em will ever admit it, but evangelism and white supremacy have a strong common thread in outrage against change and in fear of anything seeming the least bit new or different. One of the commonest sayings when their ideas are challenged is “Walp.. If’n it were good enough for gramps, and good enough for pappy, then it’s damn shore good enough for me!” That statement, whether it’s coming from an evangelical or white supremacy is a statement of fear of the unknown and a fear of ANY investigation outside of what’s approved by your family. Deny it all y’all like but that IS the defining statement for both these fearful mind sets. So too is another common expression from such folk: “Curiosity kilt the cat.”
Back to my history of whys:
Dad’s side was Norwegian and gramps jumped ship here in 1932 because he met this gal on liberty and fell head over heels for her. He got caught and shipped back to Norway where he worked, saved, begged, and borrowed until he had the $5,000 immigration bond required to come here legally in ‘34 (“so that the new immigrant should not become a burden upon society”) and apply for citizenship. Five years later that bond was released and it paid the down payments on a business and their home.
Dad got that same curiosity/explorer gene and so did I. (and there’s actually a bit of research to back this up: Restless Genes)
Ultimately I’m not a white supremacist because of that gene AND because I wasn’t inculcated into it. On a more personal, experiential, level.. and even though I came up in a time and place that was encouraged.. I’m not a white supremacist because I find the fear of change which drives it (and evangelism) to be painfully and mind numbingly stultifying. As I grew older and traveled on my own I retained my curiosity about folks and their ways. Part of that curiosity is a love of music and art forms which is best described as eclectic. Along with loving Rock, most Rap, Motown, Classical, and Shamisen music, I absolutely adore Bluegrass, Zydeco, New Orleans Jazz, and The Blues. Oh my god those Blues!!
Because of that when I was at Great Lakes I spent a fair amount of Liberty time in ostensibly (by custom rather than any stated rule) “black only” clubs in supposedly rough areas, yet oddly I never seemed to have any of the problems other guys described. Why? Because new situations DON’T SCARE ME. That left me free to explore who these folks were, honestly. Now don’t miss me.. I did catch a bit of shit at first but when I answered honestly that I was there for The Blues and I honored their behavior codes in my actions, that suspicion flipped almost immediately to protection. Part of what caused that flip was my honest, even joyful, curiosity.
How could I possibly be a white supremacist when I pity them for their fear? How could I when I pity them because their fear kept them from knowing folks like KK and Eliza, Skittle and Boonie, or Jamarl? (one of the smartest guys I ever met) I had the honor of knowing these folks, sharing laughter, music, tears, and bread with them for two years. I still wonder how they fared in life even though our paths parted 35 years ago now.
How could I be any sort of supremacist when I pity them for letting their fear stop them from even meeting folks like these; much less sharing bread, music, stories, and joy with them?
How could I when I know about Fred Hampton and how he united Confederate flag waving conservative young men in a common mission with Black Panthers to stand peaceful armed guard over Vietnam War protesters so cops could no longer beat and tear gas them with impunity?
How could I possibly become what I pity so deep? Y’all have no fucking clue what or who you’re missing by letting fear run your little asses ragged.
Yup, I’m an Asshole, and a blatant one at that, but I’ve seen shit and savored joy you’ll never even get to sniff of because your fear won’t even let you look.
Nope. Let’s try that again..
The ENTIRE reason (that’s better) that people use the term “need” as an argument against being able to exercise our Rights is that we’ve had this discussion repeatedly around each of our Rights and they’ve lost the argument resoundingly each time and on every level. Whether it be the Civil Rights debates if the ’60s with the racists and fascists, or the abortion and contraception debates with the theists, or the current debate around guns pitting *cough* Liberals* vs Conservatives and Progressives; the simple fact is that the losing side will shift the goalposts in a final attempt to manufacture consent for limiting what they see as being a useless right.
*Liberals.. We Progessives SEE you and your actions, and we have for a very long time!
Across history each of these fights has had one common thread.. The absolute RIGHT of ordinary people to defend themselves against the greed and hubris of wealth and oligarchy being “refuted” by use of Gaslighting.
Here’s your sign:
Now why do I as a Progressive support ALL of our rights including the Enforcement Clause which is the Second Amendment?
Because these are just a few of the events from History which required us to USE those rights to stop the march of oligarchy from killing us all.
From the war protests where fascism beat us and gassed us..
Fred Hampton united Black Panthers and white Confederate flag waving conservative young men to serve poor communities and, more critically, stand an armed, peaceful, guard over Vietnam War protesters so cops could no longer beat and tear gas them with impunity..
Fred was murdered because these tactics were EFFECTIVE. So was Malcolm X because he supported this tactics, and MLK was murdered the very night after his last speech offered support for these tactics. I’m willing to bet cash money that JFK was on that short list as well, and for the same reason.
Then we move on to the REAL reason for the ban on short barreled guns, machine guns and explosives for ordinary citizens.. The Union movement defending themselves against the oligarchs with those very weapons.. The whole lie about the mafia is gaslighting. The REAL reasons are always exposed by asking: “WHO fucking profits from this shit?!”
Y’all get just one guess which weapons they used.. (Hint: They were effectively banned for ordinary citizens via a $200 tax stamp fraud which would be a tax of over $3700.00 today.)
Here’s some background on some of these..
Y’all want to know why these miners were so pissed? Listen to this song and ponder that this shit WAS their life.
These people were literally enslaved even as much as share coppers were because the coal company owned the entire town including the grocery stores and hardware stores.. At inflated prices. Thus every dime the miners earned was paid in scrip, not cash, and it ALL went right back into the owner’s pocket while still leaving them in debt because they weren’t paid enough to survive on.
Sound familiar? It should.
“Sold my soul to the company store..”
I think it’s time for some blatant Asshole to step up and call this gaslit lie out for what it is.
*Cue Asshole Man *
*Tone 11 like a pissed off Navy DI*
Oh dear.. More horseshit gaslighting by corporate fascist fuckwits doing the bidding of the US Insurance Mafia to make sure you’re good and scared of a sane health care system which you’ve ALREADY PAID FOR, AND ARE PAYING FOR BUT CAN’T FUCKING USE.
Look folks. The FACT is that we are paying $10,000 per year per citizen with STILL leaving over 50 million twisting in the wind with no usable care.
$10k per person, whether you pay it in taxes, or as an insurance mafia vig, TIMES 340 Million people is.. $3.4 Trillion per year times 10 years is $34 Trillion in ten years IF the insurance mafia monthly vig doesn’t increase. (Bet. Me. B!) Which is the same exact fucking $34 Trillion number which these idiots are trying to light your hair on fire about over universal health care!
I’ll say it again. YOU ARE ALREADY PAYING FOR UNIVERSAL HEALTH CARE BUT BECAUSE THE INSURANCE INDUSTRY IS SKIMMING 40% TO 60% OFF THE TOP, YOU DON’T FUCKING GET TO USE WHAT YOU’RE ALREADY PAYING FOR.
Yet these cockwombles and Shitweasels are screaming their heads off that Bernies plan would cost 0.2 Trillion more than what we ALREADY FUCKING PAY and it would cover everyone.
The FACTS are that we’re Going to be paying that amount with the insurance mafia running the show and skimming 40% to 60% of our care dollars off the top for their executive bonuses.
If we boot these thieves from our health care market as Medicare for All would, then we could easily be paying 2/3 of that $3.4 Trillion per year for better care than we get now.. For everyone.
The single difference here is that we already pay for everyone to be covered, but because the insurance mafia is skimming off the top, we get HALF of what we actually pay for.. Or less.
Ireland pays LESS THAN HALF what we pay per person (yea.. It DOES Fucking Scale up) and has a well regarded system. Norway pays two thirds what we pay PER PERSON (Yes, stop fucking lying. It DOES FUCKING SCALE UP) and has an excellent care system which doesn’t leave anyone out.
What’s the difference in these PER PERSON costs between us and Norway? They don’t allow the insurance mafia to skim 40% right off the top. The other key difference is that they don’t allow medical care to bankrupt people.
Our bribed to treason congresscritters DO allow that shit and even ram it down our throats.
I think guns, cannon and knives (aka: Arms) are tools more than anything else and that, as with any other tool or material, the entire responsibility for their use or misuse lives exclusively with the individual owners of those tools.
I also think there are exceptionally good reasons that our founders enshrined the right of people in the US to own such tools.
I also think that both sides of our mainstream media are gaslighting us on the “issue of guns” by not allowing ANY position but the two most extreme and divisive to gain any traction. The media (both “sides”) actively silence anyone pointing to ANY factor other than guns being a driving force in mass shootings.
They don’t talk at all about the insane increases in wealth inequality where a couple of hundred folks own more wealth than the other 90% of citizens.
They don’t talk at all about the wage inequality between CEOS and ordinary workers (Who are the ACTUAL wealth creators by their work, but see virtually none of the benefits) we’ve seen grow over the past 40 years from ~30:1 to >300:1 .
They don’t talk at all about the massive increase of citizens being dumped in our gutters to live or die since Reagan first shuttered California mental hospitals as a response to citizens demanding reforms.
They don’t talk at all about bullying and the utterly FUBAR response of our schools where kids are punished for standing up to people who understand only superior FORCE along with the will to apply it.
The simple Fact is that folks who aren’t pushed to the absolute edge don’t just randomly start killing their fellow citizens, yet because this is a difficult facet to attack (which would require something akin to a new New Deal) they focus exclusively on guns as being “The Problem.” What we ordinary citizens get is a form of gaslighting called Limiting The Debate where one side screams that “Guns are the problem!” and the “other” side screams “Paws off my guns!” when the reality is that all of these other factors play into the problem far more than the number of guns or the percentage of citizens owning guns.
In point of fact we’ve watched the percentage of families owning guns plummet 34 basis points from 47% of households in 1973 to just 31% in 2014.
Were a sane person to look at the assertion against the real life numbers, one would expect that if guns themselves were actually the root cause of these folks nutting up, the numbers would track in some way, yet we see the exact opposite trend with these incidents increasing by several orders of magnitude (once in 8000 days to now when they’re every 30 to 60 days) even as the percentage of families owning guns plummeted.
In fact according to a 2016 study nearly half of the guns in the US are owned by just 3% of the population. Nearly Half Of Guns In U.S. Owned By 3 Percent Of Population, Study Finds
The interesting thing here is that these folks seem to be the LEAST likely to just nut up and start shooting.
The other interesting thing is that virtually all of these shooters were under som form of mental health treatment and had been either bullied or ostracized or both. Yet none of the media wants to talk about our fucking sick joke of a health “care” system which ignores mental health care as if it were a red headed stepchild and treats everyone as if we should all just hand over our entire damn wallet to them. Obama’s TRUE legacy
What’s been increasing since Bonzo’s breakfast buddy was governor? Untreated mental illness (especially in men) and the numbers of people dumped in our gutters to live or die as their luck permits.
Here’s some of the other things which have increased in line with the increased frequency of mass shootings..
Our damned congresscritters ignoring what we citizens need to service their bribers.. Corruption is legal.. For the wealthy ONLY.
The wars for profit..
Where did that estimated to become $6 Trillion go? Not to ordinary citizens!
Heinlein once said “Never try to take anything from a man who feels he has nothing left left to lose.. He may just kill you.”
There’s another gent who echoed that fact not too long ago..
THESE are the patterns we need to shift and reverse and “attacking the problem” by banning or *cough* controlling the TOOL will do exactly fuck all to actually reduce these mass killings.
Ignoring these patterns and pointing at “Guns are THE problem!” is directly equivalent to going to the ER for a raging leg infection and demanding antibiotics, while also demanding that the doctor ignore the end of your femur sticking out of your thigh.
The Amendments most commonly abused* in the US are the 4th, 5th, 6th, and 7th Amendments.
*Actually they’re drug into dark alleys by judges in the name of “order and safety” then mugged, beaten to within an inch of their lives, raped, and left for dead. Abused just doesn’t quite cover it.
Oh.. For The Record: Our Constitution and it’s Amendments were written in the plain English of the day so that ordinary citizens could read and make sense of them without any need for “experts” so yes. I do think I have a better grasp of what it actually says than SCOTUS ever has because I don’t stand to profit from imprisoning people and I’m not beholden to anyone who does. Doubt me?
Also.. Dred Scott. Seriously Bitches??
Also the utter fucking fascist idiocy that citizens must have been damaged and be able to prove that damage (Standing) before we can “legitimately” challenge unconstitutionally formed laws by OUR representatives. Standing has a place in civil matters. It has no legitimate place when an individual citizen wishes to challenge a law as being in violation of the Constitutional limits placed upon Our government.
Here’s the 4th:
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
There are enough “legalized” loopholes carved out of this one that you could literally drive an aircraft carrier through it without even touching the sides.
Here what it actually says:
The people (not citizens, but people. Aka: anyone on US soil) have an absolute right to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects (property like briefcases, backpacks, phones, computers, or anything else they might own or carry) from “unreasonable” searches and seizures and that this right shall not be violated (no exceptions, no excuses, no wiggle room) then it goes on to define a “reasonable” search or seizure as being one which is supported by a Warrant which warrant SHALL BE based upon Probable Cause (not “exigencies” or sniffing weed or looking suspicious nor even possessing a gun while black) and which shall be supported by Oath or Affirmation. Said warrant SHALL also specifically name what it who is being searched for and the specific place to be searched. It also says that no (that’s 0.00 for folks unclear about math) Warrants shall be issued without all of those elements in place.
If any one of these elements is missing then the warrant is invalid on its face and thus the search is as well (at least according to what the Amendment actually SAYS).
Don’t y’all even think about starting with me with the “but criminals” bullshit here because we all know that anyone on parole or probation has legally given up that Right (for the duration of the parole) in exchange for the privilege of being released from jail or prison early. This is completely aside from the fact that well over 50% of our “felons” are guilty of 100% made the fuck up bullshit “crimes” via the false flag, utterly fascist and completely racist War On Drugs (which is just as purely illegal under the Constitution as banning alcohol was prior to the 18th Amendment) ‘War On Drugs’ Was A Racist Fraud All Along, Ex- Nixon Advisor Admits
“Interstate Commerce” evasion? Fuck You! If that were HONESTLY applied instead of being done the way fascism does it it would not ever apply to drugs created and sold within the same state. Yet that’s the exact opposite of what was and is actually done.
Next up is the Fifth Amendment which covers a fair bit of ground about arrest powers and thieving, murdering, thugs with badges.
No person shall be held to answer (that means arrested by the way.. Which harks back to the systematic gutting and evasion of the 4th Amendment by SC(R)OTUS) for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; (THIS bit means that cops absolutely do NOT EVER get to kill, or even harm, you or your property without a TRIAL AND CONVICTION) nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.
Oh and just completely FUCK both D.A.P.L. and Keystone sideways too along with every D & R Congresscritter who said nothing about these blatant violations! Kris Rosvold’s answer to What is the most bizarre lawsuit you know that ever happened in the US?)
In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defence.
What’s interesting with this one is that first limitation..
“In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial,..”
Then we look at the fascist evasion of “well, that’s only if they demand a trial” against the systematic and fraudulent denial if Rights to poor folks via the use of forced “plea bargaining” by stacking the deck so heavily against the defendant that the tiniest mis step during a trial could land you in prison for decades. They literally leave you ZERO actual choice because the only game available (unless you’re wealthy of course) is “If you ‘deal’ with us we’ll ‘only’ charge you with a 6 month penalty, but if you dare to not comply We WILL charge you with at least a decade worth of crimes (even if we have to lie our asses off).” These sorts of “deals” are exactly like asking someone if they’d rather be pinched or have their arms and legs broken and it’s all done effectively at gun point. No matter how minor the crime, if you fight them at all and you’re poor they WILL make an example of you. There is no sane way to claim that this sort if Mafia style “deal” satisfies the repeated demands for Due Process Of Law throughout our Constitution.
What the Fifth and Sixth actually say is that trials are NOT “optional” and that trial by jury must be part and parcel of any legitimate justice system, in each and every case.
As Jefferson said “It is better that one hundred guilty men go free than one innocent man be condemned.”
That goal of preserving the innocent from the predations of a fascist society is the motivation behind the writing, passage, and Ratification of these Amendments.. And we have failed utterly.
Will this “break” our justice system? Probably. Considering that it is utterly corrupt and fraudulent, as are the drug laws under which more than 50% of all inmates are “convicted*” under, I think that might not be a bad thing.
*”convicted” in over 95% of US cases actually means “Strong armed into admitting “guilt” whether or not you actually committed any crime.”
I’ll refer you back to the words of Mr. Jefferson on this fact and if you tell me that’s impractical I’ll damned well ask you how “practical” it is to imprison even ONE factually innocent person because y’all are too damned lazy and greedy to do the job we pay you for. More to the point I’ll ask you how practical it would be for a DA who forced a plea from an innocent person with these Mafia style tactics to serve their time by way of retribution.
Note: I’m still in the process of writing this so there’s more to come..
I think this question and the issues it raises are important enough that I decided to go ahead and post what I have thus far and then update it as it progresses over the next few days.