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Reparations.  Universal Basic Income (UBI).  Oh, And Happy May Day And World Press Freedom Day! (April 29, 2019)

Posted in Affirmative Action, Civil War, Class, Race, Reparations, Supreme Court, Universal Basic Income (UBI) on April 29, 2019 by e-commentary.org

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K          “In the land of the red, white and blue that purports to cherish ‘life’, ‘liberty’ and ‘property’, the White man arrived and confiscated the property of the Red man and often took his life and curtailed his liberty and transported the Black man to work the purloined property and violated his life and his liberty and his property interests.  And hers.”

J          “And then doubled down and did the same thing to the Brown man and the Yellow man.  And woman.”

. . .

J          “Let’s borrow from the Great Declaration and include ‘the pursuit of happiness’ and from the French and admix ‘liberté’ and ‘égalité’ and ‘fraternité’ into the formula.”

. . .

J          “No one doubts that the promise of ‘forty acres and a mule’ descended and degenerated into the ‘Great Hundred Year War of Terror in America’ directed and orchestrated by almost every public and private institution in both the South and the North against anyone Black from 1865 to 1965.  Even today there is only an unstable modus vivendi regularly under attack.”

. . .

K          “The fundamental problem is that the victims are not alive and the oppressors are not alive.  Society is not well served by anointing someone who is not an individual victim with official individual victimhood status and accusing someone who is not an individual oppressor with official individual oppressorhood status.  The wrong solution to a very real and very deep and very sustained problem is not the right solution.”

. . .

K          “No public commentator to date has fleshed out the process and mechanics of establishing and implementing the Great Divide/Schism in America.  Would the government establish a cabinet-level Department of Reparations?  Would there be one unit of reparations paid to someone who proves that he or she is Black or Brown or Red on both sides of the family?  Would the amount be reduced if the individual’s family came to America after 1907 or 1865 or 1932 or some other randomly selected date?”

J          “And what about Barack O’Bama?  There you have the intersection of race and class and income.”

K          “Right.  Would he only get a half unit?  Would Barack O’Bama’s half unit be reduced because his father came to America after 1907 or 1865 or 1932?  Or his mother’s family?  Would the reparations payments be taxed or tax free?  Would the reparations payments be paid out of the general fund or by a separate reparations tax on Whites?  Would Whites be exempt from the reparations tax if they could prove that their family came to America after 1907 or 1865 or 1932?  Would Barack O’Bama remit a half unit of reparations tax to the reparations fund because he is half White and receive a half unit of reparations payments because he is half Black?” 

J          “The tax and the payment could be offsetting.”

K          “Would there be ‘means testing’ so that a successful half Black neurosurgeon does not receive any reparations payment.  Because of her income, would she pay taxes to the reparations fund?  It goes on and on and on.  Each one of these divisions creates another divide.” 

J          “O’Bama should get another half unit because the other half of his family is Irish.  The Irish were oppressed and ostracized upon arrival.  But they were White and thus much, much more readily accepted by and assimilated into White society.”

K          “Much, much, much more readily.  The ‘Plessy Ferguson Reparations Bill’ is not the way to challenge and address what is going on in Plano and Ferguson.  There is no single piece of legislation that could further divide this country in twain than a piece of legislation that further divides this country into two groups that are expressly separate and unequal.”

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K          “The prejudice is on a group level and must be challenged on a group level.  Start by releasing every other Black and Brown and Red and Yellow prisoner from the American Prison Gulag who is likely in prison simply for being Black or Brown or Red or Yellow.  Extend the statute of limitations on affirmative action another fifty years or pick a specific ending date such as 2065.”

J          “If the ‘Great Hundred Year War of Terror in America’ is said to have reached a de jure end with the passage of the Voting Rights Act in 1965, something is going to have to be done to furlough the five lobbyists on the Supreme Court who have unilaterally abrogated the modus vivendi.  In the end, if you want a good and great society, place a few coins in every pocket and a few ideas in every head.”

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J          “Go big.  My thought is to institute a Universal Basic Income (UBI).  Far too many people in America of all shades are suffering the effects of systematic and institutional economic terrorism.  The country is pursuing a War on Terror.  The War on Terror should be refocused and redirected at the many millions of Americans who suffer the terror of not knowing whether they will have a meal in their belly or a roof over their head.  The cost is insignificant and inconsequential because there is no cost too great to fight and win the War of Terror.”

K          “I still have a fundamental problem giving folks money simply for existing.”

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[See the e-commentary at “The Great National Dissolution:  Resolving The Great Civil War (April 18, 2011)”, “Watertown?  Ferguson?  Your Town?  Your Son?  Will They Allow It In Laramie? (August 11, 2014)”, “The Conservative Solution To Affirmative Action (October 15, 2012)”, “Race and Class And Crime: Jail White People.  Oh, And Happy Martin Luther King Day! (January 15, 2018)” and “Columbus And The Redskins (October 14, 2013)” and a dozen other e-commentaries.]

Bumper stickers of the week:

Think big, think long

May 3 – World Press Freedom Day

Civil War II.  Coming To A Country And City Near You (November 26, 2018)

Posted in Blue States / Red States, Civil War, Class, Democrats, Gender, Race, Republicans on November 26, 2018 by e-commentary.org

. . .

K          “What will be the trigger?”

J          “Finger or event?”

. . .

K          “No other phrase and concern arose at Thanksgiving gigs as often in private conversations with close friends from across the political spectrum.”

J          “Immigration and the economy and global climate change are just the cover subjects.”

. . .

K          “The only thing in the US uniting us is our disunity.”

J          “The only thing in the US uniting us without us even knowing it is our shared sense of disgust and outrage and horror.”

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K          “This past weekend featured the ‘civil war’ futbal games between the ‘University of [insert name of state]’ versus ‘[insert name of state] State’ in storied and unpredictable games. ”

J          “And in the Great American Legal Game, the gang of ‘Bush Judges’ and ‘Trumpi Judges’ are trouncing the team of ‘Clinton Judges’ and ‘O’Bama Judges’ resoundingly.”

. . .   

K          “We as a society are pursing infinite economic sprawl on a finite planet.  What few resources are available are being concentrated in the hands of individuals who are doing nothing but further concentrating resources in their hands.”  

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J          “The parking space at the shopping mall will be the figurative and literal triggering event.  We live on a planet with finite parking places.  Someone will cut off someone else who patiently waited for a parking place.  First they will exchange harsh words, then they will exchange hot lead.”

K          “Someone in a red F-150 sporting a MAGA bumper sticker will exchange lead greetings with someone in a blue Prius spouting an ACLU bumper sticker.”

J          “And then we are off to the races.”

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[See the e-commentary “The ‘I’ Gene; The ‘We’ Gene: Searching For The Genie In All Of Us (April 3, 2017)”.]

Bumper sticker of the week:

What happens when a blue Prius spouting a bumper sticker proposing to ‘Give peace a chance’ heading west to the country crashes into a red F-150 sporting a bumper sticker proclaiming ‘God bless our troops.  Especially our snipers’ heading east to the city?

Cakes, Courts And Constitutions:  Brown v. Plessy II (December 4, 2017)

Posted in Civil Rights/Civil Liberties, Civil War, Courts, First Monday In October, Gay Politics, Society, Supreme Court, War and Wall Street Party on December 4, 2017 by e-commentary.org

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K          “I thought that no one discriminated against the green stuff today.”

J          “The cake baker’s religious convictions seem heartfelt and genuine, yet they must yield when he opens the door to the public and seeks money.”

K          “If you hold yourself out to the public to be open for business, you cannot hold yourself out to the public to be open for business only for some.”

. . .

J          “There is a continuum of creativity.  Everyone involved in the marriage industrial complex is creative in some way.  The hair stylist, the floral designer, the nail sculptor, even the chef are all creating a creative product.  The cake baker is not unique or special.”     

. . .

K          “The coercive authority of the government coming to bear on an individual once again gives me some pause.”

. . .

J          “In the end, the decision is a piece of cake.”

K          “And as easy as pie.”

. . .

K          “And the case reveals once again that we are not one country, we are two countries deeply divided against each other.  And we are not one country with two political parties, we are two countries with one political party – the ‘War and Wall Street Party’ – divided into two divisions, the ‘D’ division and the ‘R’ division.”

J          “And a chasmic and unbridgeable divide between those two divisions.”

K          “The ‘D’ division of the Supreme Court and the ‘R’ division of the Supreme Court are two divisions of armies that battle head to head to impose and inflict their version of the Constitution on the other army.”

. . .

[See Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, 16-111.]

[See the e-commentary at “Brown:  5 – Plessy:  4 (June 29, 2015)”, “Dividing The Divided Supreme Court In A Divided Country (October 3, 2016)”, “Five Red Rich Republican ‘Catholic’ Corporatist ‘White’ Boys . . . Versus . . .  Four Blue Comfortable Democratic ‘Jewish’ Individualist White ‘Girls’ . . . And All By-Products Of The S.I.C.  (October 2, 2017)”, “The Tsunami Hits Shore (March 24, 2014)”, “The Sea Change Is Now A Tsunami (March 11, 2013)” and other e-commentary under the Categories “First Monday in October” and “War and Wall Street Party”.]

Bumper stickers of the week:

Open to all

Let them eat cake; insist they sell it

It is a cake walk and as easy as pie

Rerouting History (February 15, 2016)

Posted in Civil War, Dollar - World's Reserve Currency, Iran, Race, Slavery, Society, South, Southern Strategy, Uncategorized on February 15, 2016 by e-commentary.org

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K          “Any GPS system will take you to the intersection of Ronnie Reagan Road and Saddam Hussein Highway without hesitation or reflection.”

J          “Or irony or regret.  But Quantrill was a domestic terrorist whereas Hussein threatened the supremacy of the U.S dollar as the world’s reserve currency and was not nice in an area with many not nice people.  We Americans should celebrate our own.”

K          “Our own what?”

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K          “Changing the names of streets and schools does not rewrite history, it changes the names of the individuals who are celebrated on streets and schools.”

J          “I have found that those people who want to keep William Quantrill Circle are also those people who claim that the Civil War was about state’s rights rather than about slavery.”

K          “Streets and schools should be named after heroes not villains.  The history books should be written to reflect the actual history including the actual exploits of the heroes and the villains.”

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K          “Not only are Stuart and Lee going down the road, Washington and Jefferson also will be sent down a trail renamed after someone else.”

J          “Rename the ‘Washington Monument’ on the Mall as the ‘George Washington Carver Monument’?”

K          “Then we could still refer to it generically as the ‘Washington Monument’ on the Mall.”

. . .

[See the e-commentary at The Confederate Flag:  What Does It Mean To You? (July 6, 2015) and Columbus And The Redskins (October 14, 2013).]   

[See the e-commentary at Has Scalia Gone Feral (March 4, 2013) and One Gun Per White Adult Male?  A Flintlock Musket?  The “One Man, One Gun” Decision (October 4, 2010).]

 

Bumper stickers of the week:

Happy Presidents’ Day

Celebrate heroes on streets and schools; chronicle the activities of the heroes and villains in the history books.

Midterms 2014: A Verdict On Race (And Concerted Ineptitude) (November 10, 2014)

Posted in Blue States / Red States, Citizens United Decision, Civil War, Dollar - World's Reserve Currency, Elections, Marijuana, Minimum Wage, Race, South, Southern Strategy on November 10, 2014 by e-commentary.org

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M          “The election came down to the Republicans putting an elected official who was not even running for office on every ballot in America.”

L          “And putting him on trial.  This race was about race.  American politics is a perennial battle between fear and hope.  The midterm elections were a verdict on whether a Black man should be President of the United States.  And the verdict is in.  Those American people scared into voting are more than uncomfortable with a Black man and his very Black woman in the House for Whites.  And then toss in Ebola and ISIS or ISIL or whatever it is and fear cripples the citizenry.”

M          “In recent decades, every President who has won a second term and had a Senate majority to lose has lost the Senate majority.”

L          “The Republicans could not say that a candidate is in the same party as the ‘n-word’ guy.  ‘Reggin’ and ‘monday’ are too blatant.  They unleashed a cacophony of dog whistles. ‘Romney – Obama Care’ passed as the ‘Affordable Care Act’ and was excoriated as ‘Obamacare.’  Republicans accused all incumbent Democratic Senators over and over and over and over of casting the deciding vote for ‘Obamacare.’  ‘Obamacare’ is the socially acceptable substitute for the ‘n-word’ today.”

M          “Money carried the message and the day.  They say the sword is mightier than the pen, but the pen that writes the campaign checks is mightiest.  Justice Roberts’ plan in Citizens United is unfolding like a carefully choreographed chess game.”

L          “It is always about money.  Obama won in 2008 in substantial part because he rejected public financing and substantially outspent McCain.  Americans were fearful then, but in the perennial battle between fear and hope, hope triumphed over fear.  Bush had made such a mess of the economy and foreign affairs that a continuation of Bush was frightening.  The fear of another Bush combined with the hope espoused by Obama was right for the times.  In this race, spending by the mega PACs bought the elections for Republicans by appealing to race and avoiding any concrete policies.  Few of the Republicans were honest enough to concede that the Republicans have used all available resources to stymie legislation and then blamed Obama.  The public voted against what they were told is ineptitude in Washington.”

M          “In 2008, in their gut, many devout Republicans said they simply could not stomach ‘President Palin’ at the helm.”

L          “Many pundits proclaimed that America was ‘post-racial’ then, yet America was and is still very involved in the racial mix and maelström.”

M          “When the finals are held in 2016, virulent racism will not be on the national exam.  Gender is much less incendiary.  America is much closer to a ‘post-gender’ electorate.”

. . .

M          “Maryland and Massachusetts are lapis lazuli blue and yet both elected Republican governors.  At some point, citizens tire of taxes and regulations.”

L          “I was heartened to see that four red states – Alaska, Arkansas, Nebraska, and North Dakota -–adopted provisions to increase the minimum wage.  And the blue city of San Francisco joins the Emerald City in adopting a minimum wage.  You cannot spend money if you do not have money.”

M          “Oregon, Alaska and the District of Columbia adopted more rational and realistic marijuana policies.  Reduce civil rights violations, increase tax rolls and cut spending on prisons.  Regulate marijuana like alcohol and discourage and dissuade the use of both.”

. . . .

L          “Save your Confederate dollars.  The South is rising again.”

M          “Will they substitute as the world’s reserve currency?”

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[Fall of the Berlin Wall:  Yesterday – 25 years]

Bumper stickers of the week:

Deal race, buy votes

Save your Confederate dollars.  The South is rising again.

Lee surrendered.  I didn’t.

The New Confederacy – Same Old Same New

The New Confederacy – Same as it ever was

Past Time: Exercising The “New Clear Option” (November 25, 2013)

Posted in Blue States / Red States, Civil War, Congress, Courts, Filibuster, Hypocrisy, Judges, Law, O'Bama, Presidency, Race on November 25, 2013 by e-commentary.org

. . .

P          “It is about time.”

Q         “It’s way past time.”

P          “After stepping on your neck for years, they promise to step on your neck even harder if you try to wrench their foot off your neck.  It may be past time.”

Q         “They have used the logic embraced by the oppressed to oppress the patient and mature legislators.  It’s way past time.”

P          “Why not try to wrench their foot off, because when they get in power, they will be no less vindictive.  Now the oppressed legislators can compel the Senate to adhere to the constitutional duty to advise and consent rather than to delay and deny.”

Q         “Delaying legislation is a legislative prerogative.  The fight today is about denying executive branch appointments and undermining the executive branch.  At core, the fight is over separation of powers and the independence of the presidency.”

. . .

Q         “The war also is being fought over another branch – the courts and the judiciary.  Everyone in the know knows that there is no law, there is only ideology.  They are fighting over which ideologues get to don the wigs and dictate policy from the bench.”

P          “The vote is another skirmish in the continuing Civil War in America.”

Q        “That national experience provides historical perspective and ironic understatement.  Yet the war today isn’t civil.”

P          “At core, the clan of confederates is furious that a Black man is in the White House.”

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[See the article titled http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/22/us/politics/reid-sets-in-motion-steps-to-limit-use-of-filibuster.html?hp&target=comments&_r=0#commentsContainer.]

[The benchmark price of .22s in November is not available because .22s are not available.]

Bumper sticker of the week:

Mind your Ps and Qs

Tea Party And Innocence Project Form ‘Liberty Alliance’ (September 9, 2013)

Posted in Civil War, Crime/Punishment, Hypocrisy, Law, Prison/Criminology, Tea Party on September 9, 2013 by e-commentary.org

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C1        “The ‘Liberty Alliance’ is so natural.  A political group concerned with liberty aligns with a judicial group also concerned with liberty.”

C2        “The Tea Party and the Innocence Project concluded a Memorandum of Understanding to advance and promote liberty.”

. . .

C1       “Breaking news.  The Young Americans for Freedom voted to join the ‘Liberty Alliance’ today.”

. . .

C1        “Braking News.  Some members of the Tea Party demanded that the ‘Liberty Alliance’ seek liberty and freedom for Whites only.”

C2        “There is always a catch.”

. . .

C1        “More Heart Breaking News.  Some members of the Young Americans for Freedom demanded that the ‘Liberty Alliance’ seek liberty and freedom for Whites only.”

C2        “It’s catching but not catchy.”

. . .

This article must be revised to reflect the following correction:

Neither the Tea Party nor the Young Americans for Freedom has formed an alliance with the Innocence Project.

. . .

[See the website of the Innocence Project at http://www.innocenceproject.org/ and the article at http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/12/us/justice-dept-seeks-to-curtail-stiff-drug-sentences.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0.]

Bumper stickers of the week:

Don’t tread on me [yes you a corrupt and expensive and inefficient and inequitable criminal justice system.]

Even if you don’t do the crime, you may do the time.