Jeff Neal for C.U.R.E. - Certain Unalienable Rights Endowment

No Winners. Only Victors and Victims.

In Opinion on May 17, 2014 at 11:17 am

Less than a year ago, on July 19, 2013, President Obama made a 17-minute speech to share his thoughts about Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman. It  was really two speeches? One group claims to have heard inspirational rhetoric of historic importance, a call for peace, justice and racial reconciliation. Other listeners speak of the president’s insinuation that criminal behavior by ‘young black boys’ is justified by injustices of the distant past and consequential, uncontrollable resentment.

A single, solitary speech. Two diametrically opposite interpretations.

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One group is enthralled by high-minded rhetoric, moved to irrational, emotional celebrations, prepared to take to the streets in the name of racial justice, silencing opposition with claims of moral superiority, and waving the bloody shirt of Trayvon Martin as their flag and a photo of their fellow citizen, George Zimmerman, as the symbol of evil, the target of their wrath.

The other group is disgusted by the vile, ugly picture of ALL Americans implicit in the speech. For the speech to reflect America, it’s necessary to believe that whites perpetrate, condone or intentionally ignore hard-core acts of race-based oppression against black victims who are, in this speech, relegated to a state of sub-human savagery, incapable of taking responsibility for their actions and accountable to no rules or standards, black victims rendered helpless without a federal police force to protect them from racial profiling.

And so now, if we listen to the President, we have two sides in America. Both to some degree indignant, emotional, aggrieved . . . pushed to the edge.

Obama’s message? It’s war. He presents us with a choice between two lies. He concludes that justice chooses sides, it is not impartial or impersonal. He asks, “which will it be, Justice for Trayvon or Justice for George?” and tells you to choose carefully your hero or prepare to be trampled.

I’m not encouraged about the prospects of reconciliation. In a battle with justice and truth on the sidelines, unhinged emotion pitted against indignant logic, there are no winners, only victors and victims.

There is a better way – let’s find it together. Reject both lies. Soon, or else . . .

The Face of A Revolution?

In Opinion on March 10, 2014 at 9:38 am

Palin CPACSarah Palin treats CPAC to 30 minutes of folksy applause lines delivered with syrupy condescension.

[See full speech here Palin @ CPAC 2014]

Insulting liberals, demeaning Barack Obama, denouncing establishment Republicans and waving the flag is no way of taking power from an entrenched regime. It may sell books and draw crowds, it may even get a few people elected to the House or the Senate. However, it is not the basis for a sustained effort to undermine the power of the machine that controls Washington, DC.

She’s been in her cocoon for too long. Her speech is an incoherent series of slogans and phrases borrowed from bloggers and rabble-rousers. Since leaving Alaska, she has learned that enthusiastic applause and passion translate to power and money. She has become a hero and a character actor. She will cause a stir, but no one ever signed up for a revolution, no king overthrown, because he was about to “bankrupt our nation.”

She and many of her cohorts are fools to think that her targets, your elected officials, will voluntarily put down their guns, or that all will be well in the land if only we might find a man with (R) after his name to be POTUS and elect 51 or 60 of his ilk to the US Senate.

America’s decline began long before January 21, 2009, and no number of election cycles will stop it. The only way to win is to make elections irrelevant. If enough of us ignore their unjust laws, stop sending the checks, stop wasting time listening to cutesy speeches and attending pep rallies, stop looking for freedom in its antithesis – politics and state power – the kings will either (1) be honest about their objectives and come for you with guns (shoot back!) or (2) leave their no longer cushy perch in Washington to find real jobs to feed themselves. Either way, you’ll win unless you surrender, unless you fear them or worship them.

She does not want less power to reside in Washington, she wants people who will listen to her to hold that power. Who do you want to own your life?

Why So Much Security?

In Opinion on December 14, 2013 at 1:42 pm

Put aside the NSA and CIA.  Think a few minutes about the US Secret Service.

A group of thousands of men and women spending an undisclosed amount of money on the most sophisticated weaponry and security apparatus available, and who, on a whim, exercise military control over the population – try crossing the street when the motorcade is within a mile of you in downtown DC, for example.  All this to protect the class of people who make the rules that determine how you will or may live your life, guarding the people who ceremoniously and self righteously grant you permission to do this or that, but only within those certain guidelines spelled out in a code of laws that consumes hundreds of thousands of printed pages that are indecipherable to any single person.  They enforce the law that makes it a felony to threaten to hurt the POTUS or any elected federal official – can you say thought crime? – but if you smoke too much weed or advertise your raw milk for sale in the wrong state, you will be shot if you run when they come for you with the handcuffs.

What do they fear?  Isn’t the Secret Service their admission that they’re benevolent front is a fraud?  Similarly, what’s the need for hundreds of super secret meetings – in Congress, in the White House, all over DC – about how to spend your money, how much of it to take from you on April 15th, which person to kill with a drone strike, or who will be appointed to this judgeship or that cabinet position?  Why, for the love of Pete, conduct secret meetings about a web site meant to make it easier/cheaper to see a doctor for a sore throat or a triple by-pass?  Secret meetings about what border crossings are legal and which are not?  Secret meetings about who gets to build the next Air Force One?

Secrecy – who is protected by secrecy?  What purpose does it serve?  Is it like keeping a surprise party secret from the birthday boy?  Is it about national security?  Yeah, right.  They are deciding how they will force YOU to live YOUR life under THEIR thumb, and they’ve made it illegal for you to have information about their deliberations, because it’s “classified.”  And, you’re supposed to tell them thank you, to honor them by addressing them as Senator, Congressman and MISTER President, as they live the high life spending your money.  You’re meant to believe the lie that what they do is properly called “public service” and that they are selfless, angelic creatures dispensing goodies to the underprivileged who would, apparently, be destitute if left to fend for themselves or to rely on the benevolence of ‘ordinary’ people who have neither the proper training to be good community organizers nor the guns to enforce their version of compassion.

Make ‘em get their own life.  Elect yourself to take back yours.

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