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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?”

. . .

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.”

. . .

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.”

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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.”

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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

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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.”

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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.

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[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.

Dixie Visited (September 17, 2012)

Posted in Civil Rights/Civil Liberties, Civil War, Political Parties, Politics, Race, South, Southern Strategy on September 17, 2012 by e-commentary.org

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H1          “One hundred and fifty years ago today, Northern immigrants battled Southern serfs in Western Maryland.”

H2          “And they could not even agree on the name of the skirmish.  The Northerners named battles after nearby bodies of water and Southerners after nearby towns.  Antietam versus Sharpsburg.”

H1          “Given the outcome, the United States refer to it as Antietam.  They still don’t agree on the name of the Great Campaign.  The War of Northern Aggression or the War of Southern Terrorism.”

H2          “The war was always about slavery not state’s rights in the South.  The stalemate in Miller’s cornfield and on Burnside’s Bridge was enough to cover for Lincoln to expand the endeavor from saving the Union to starting the abolition of slavery in the South and new states in the West.”

H1          “As they always say, tactically inconclusive but strategically significant.”

. . .     

H1          “A person and a society are measured by whether property rights are protected or human rights are cherished.  In the South, property rights were exalted; human rights were actively and systematically violated.”

H2          “Humans want to be free with perhaps some societal restraints to guide behavior, yet humans instinctively desire to colonize property and to enslave others.  True to form, the colonists stole property from the Red man and denied liberty to the Black man.  Civilization emerges when those impulses are restrained by mutual consent.”

H1          “You mean government.  The colonists in America rebelled and obtained independence, yet slavery in many incarnations continued unabated.” 

H2          “The caste system and class condescension continued in the South.  The descendants of the English continued the subtle oppression of the descendants of the Irish and the Scots.  Southern society was an extension of the rigid social and economic hierarchy in the British Isles.”

H1          “Blacks were slaves and three fifths of a human, the most perverse mathematical formula in the history of humankind.  Most Whites in the south were indentured servants, share croppers, peasants and serfs.  Servitude served up along a continuum.  Despite their lower-class status, poor Whites could take comfort in their legal superiority over Blacks.  That was a great palliative and motivator.” 

H2          “From its adoption in 1791, the Bill of Rights rarely protected lower class Whites south of the Mason-Dixon line.  The Thirteenth Amendment changed the laws on the books, but the Hundred Year War of Terror raged in the South from 1865 to 1965.  Passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1965 changed the legal landscape somewhat, although events on the ground changed slowly.”

H1          “Americans have tolerated Made In The U.S.A. terrorism on her soil for over two centuries.  The South ante bellum and post bellum was and perhaps less so today is an aristocracy and oligarchy operated by and for a small elite.” 

H2          “And nothing threatens ignorance like education.  High schools and higher education in the South were reserved for wealthy white males.  By contrast, in the North education is exalted.  At the bequest and behest of Benjamin Franklin and others, the University of Pennsylvania was open to all citizens.”

H1          “Religiosity is provided to supplant free thought and ratiocination.  Religion provides pat answers and precludes probing questions.”  

H2          “The South also reveres the military because of the need to maintain internal discipline by force and fear and to repel threats and challenges to its medieval system.”

H1          “Lincoln and his fellow Republicans sought to maintain the Union over any other goal.  For both strategic and humanitarian motives, he emancipated the slaves in two phases.  His conviction and efforts maintained the Union.  Now the Republicans campaign in the South and exploit anti-African American racism and fears of lawlessness among White voters.”

H2          “If the South had won the rebellion, the United States of America would have fewer stars and perhaps fewer stripes for the departed former colonies on its flag.  The United States of America Sans The South would be a Blue Nation.  Without all the government subsidies from the Blue States to the Red South States, the United States S.T.S. would have a less unbalanced budget.  The South would be a White Mexico today.” 

H1          “Funny how life turns out.  The ‘Southern Strategy’ is an ironic development.  The old Republicans freed the slaves and the new Republicans play on the fear of the freed slaves.  In this election, the Southern Strategy is now the National Strategy.”

H2          “And look at wage rates.  The public relations guys have a clever slogan – the ‘right to work.’  What they should say is the ‘right to work for a pittance.’  Keep them enslaved in subtle ways.”

H1          “Leaves you wondering whether anything really has changed.”

H2          “Demographics are destiny.  Black and Brown are slowly trumping White.” 

H1          “Old times there are not forgotten.”

H2          “Look away.”

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[H1 = Historian 1; H2 = . . . ]

[September 17 is the one year anniversary of the Occupy movement and the four year anniversary to the day (Monday, September 15, 2008) when even those in power had to acknowledge the economic charade and chimera that was on the verge of collapse.]

[See the “e-ssay” titled “The Great National Dissolution: Resolving The Great Civil War (April 18, 2011)“]

Bumper stickers of the week:

Old times there are not forgotten; look away!

Mankind’s Motto:  To Colonize And To Enslave

How many Virginians does it take to change a light bulb?  Five.  One to call an electrician, two to mix drinks, and two to talk about how good the old bulb was.