Archive for July, 2015

THE BATTLE FOR THE MINDS OF YOUNG AMERICANS; THE RADICAL RIGHT ARE SPENDING, BUYING IT, AND WINNING. IT IS A MATTER OF DOLLARS OVER TRUTH! AND, AMERICANS’ CONCEPT OF HISTORY IS AT ODDS WITH THE REST OF THE WORLD AND HUMANITY.

Friday, July 31st, 2015

Here is what I am reading today: “After facing months of intense scrutiny over a new Advanced Placement U.S. History (APUSH) course outline that some conservatives perceived as containing anti-American biases, the College Board released a new framework for the class Thursday morning”: ‘After Facing Backlash, AP U.S. History Course Revised To Emphasize American Ideals’, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/ap-us-history-framework_55ba1f15e4b0af35367a538d

This was exceedingly bad news for me; I am a retired history teacher, and what this means to me is that the radical extremist John Birch Society ideology is revising American history, these extremist are dedicated to eliminating democracy from America, and extremists have succeeded in their attempt to control the minds of American children. John Birch Society Blue Book, p.124 ” . . . democracy is merely a deceptive phrase, a weapon of demagoguery, and a perennial fraud.” (Continued in Footnote 25, p. 136.) “Our founding fathers . . .visibly spurned a democracy as probably the worst of all forms of government.”

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The College Board, is a corporation that makes profits from providing tests and class outlines for public schools; its interests are profits and not reliable history. “The College Board, the company that created and runs the Advanced Placement program, said the updated course framework reflects feedback it received from educators and historians during a public review period.” That statement is dishonest because the true reason for the revision of U.S. History is, “In August 2014, the Republican National Committee adopted a resolution criticizing the framework for “radically revisionist view of American history that emphasizes negative aspects of our nation’s history while omitting or minimizing positive aspects.”

In recent history, the John Birch Society has become the darling of the Republican Party: some of the Republican elected members of Congress have openly in public remarked that, America is not a democracy, it is a Republic.’

Meanwhile, the “College Board” company insists its revised history reflects, “This structure places more of an emphasis on concepts surrounding American national identity, the country’s founding leaders and documents and the effective role of free enterprise in U.S. history”.

In reality, the U.S. Constitution does not use the words “free enterprise” or “capitalism” anywhere in the document.
The U.S. Constitution does provide for a nationalized Post Office, U.S. Constitution, Article I, Section 8. Though “free enterprise” and “Capitalism” are not mentioned, the right to own property is preserved in U.S. Constitution, Amendment IV.

From 2000 to 2005, I lived in Europe, I discovered that truth was entirely different in America than it was in the rest of the world. When I looked at it carefully, I had to agree that unfortunately, it was America who lived with lies.

As a historian, I had to find out why?

What I discovered was that in Europe, news media competes by being first and accurate in the news, in contrast to American news media, that is Corporate American owned and competes with other news media only for the advertising; moat of the media news consists of as much as one third commercials, for two thirds news. That doesn’t happen in Europe.

In short, news media in Europe is owned by a multitude of ‘companies’ and in America the national news media is owned by a very few Corporate Conglomerates, who control the news for their own benefit. It was a tragic discovery, for me. The news I got in Europe, was entirely different and often opposite, from news Americans were getting.

In Europe at the time that I lived there, I viewed the corrupted election of W. Bush in 2000 and was surprised, no shocked, to discover that many Europeans knew more about the American Constitution than Americans do; I witnessed the heinous attack of the Saudi Arabian terrorist bin Laden in 2001, and I was consoled by Europeans who also grieved for America; then, I grieved over and objected to the United States’ tragic invasion of Afghanistan, who had nothing to do with the Saudi Arabian terrorist bin Laden’s 9/11 terrorist attack, and bin Laden was never a member of the Taliban; I saw on European TV, explicit and gory evidence of the hundreds of thousands innocent Afghan men, women, and especially children that were killed or maimed by the United States carpet bombing of Afghanistan, whom had no military targets, and Americans bombed the Afghan People with anti-personnel “cluster bombs” and incendiary bombs; also, I heard the protests of the killing of innocent Muslims, by the world’s 1.8 billion Muslims, including my European neighbors. And, I heard European TV commentators say over and over, these videos of children mutilated by cluster bombs, will not be shown on American TV.

Also on the run up to the American invasion of Iraq, on European television, I saw Iraqi citizens stating that although they did not approve of or support their dictator, Saddam Hussein, they begged America not to invade Iraq or depose Saddam because it would lead to a blood bath and death like the world has never seen; I have thought about those broadcasts almost every day since 2003.

The TV commentators always included at disclaimer, saying, “These videos will not be seen on television in the United States of America”.
And, I wondered about Americans not seeming to care that it was American Allies like France, Germany, Italy, and Spain that all refused to join America in their ill-fated Invasion of Iraq.

Please note that these reflections are not opinion of mine except where noted, basically, it is actually verifiable history.

In 2000, when I first arrived in Europe, I experienced being greatly appreciated by Europeans, as an American; then, later after 2003, being totally ignored and avoided by Europeans who disagreed with American wars of aggression. Further, I experienced being told by the U.S. State Department, that I should not speak English in a crowded place overseas and not wear American attire like cowboy boots, that might identify me as an American living abroad.

Then, when I returned to America in 2005, I discovered that none of the Americans I spoke to were aware of “why” bin Laden felt justified in attacking America on 9/11; not that bin Laden’s reasoning made his attack justified, but that bin Laden believe he was justified and why? Why isn’t it natural for Americans to want to know the reason America was sadistically attacked by terrorists.

Though most Muslims, and certainly all Muslims that I knew in Europe, did not approve of bin Laden’s heinous attack on America at all, however, neither did they approve of America’s behavior that was bin Laden’s incentive for his attack.

And, I seriously doubt that all Americans now know what bin Laden’s incentive was for his attack on America. I prefer not to say; if you do not know, as a teacher, I prefer you to find out for yourself if you can.

The very worse outcome of the American invasions in the Mideast, Desert Storm 1991, the Invasion of Afghanistan 2001, and the Invasion of Iraq 2003, is that they were all justifiably considered wars of aggression for oil, and yet perceived as religious wars against Muslims, because of the manner in which they were carried out.

Unfortunately, America’s extremist Christian leaders have condemned all Muslims in the world, including American Muslims, for America’s wars in vitriolic rhetoric, which is carried throughout the world to even the most remote places by electronic technology and satellite, America has become a reckless Christian theocracy to much of the world.

The attitude of Americans appears to be that Americans don’t give a damn about what everyone else in the world thinks; as a historian, I do not accept that as an excuse for revising American history and replacing it with lies and misrepresentation, for the benefit of American political extremists and Corporate America’s profits.

Personally, I also believe Americans apparently paid no attention to news that President W. Bush, after having second thoughts, decided against accepting a speaking engagement in Switzerland and traveling there, because he discovered he would be at some point presented with a subpoena changing him with “Crimes against humanity” for his wars and torture of prisoners of war; the President had second thoughts and turned down the invitation. I’m convinced that knowledge that America’s past President cannot travel outside the United States without fear of being changed with war crimes, is actually evidence of some kind of wrong doing.

As a history teacher, I resent guidelines for American History classes being developed by the Republican National Party for political reasons and Corporate America doing it for profits. But it is happening. To me, this is a coup that is dedicated to eliminating democracy and democratic thought from America.

God help America!

WHAT IF TEACHERS WERE TREATED LIKE PROFESSIONAL ATHLETES?

Thursday, July 30th, 2015

Comics Key and Peele have made a delightful video, comparing professional athletes to school teachers. In today’s world where prominent politicians are trashing teachers and public schools and propose eliminating public schools and privatizing education, it feels particularly good to have our two of our popular comics come to the rescue of teachers, in a subtle refreshing manner. The video is well worth watching and fun too: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/teachers-like-pro-athletes-key-peele_55b89e92e4b0224d88347882?

KEY AND PEELE
KEY AND PEELE ON “TEACHING CENTER”

One teacher favorably commented on the Key and Peele performance by relating his own bad experience as teacher, having to deal with an irritated parent and the school administration.

As a retired teacher I can empathize with the experience of all teachers; and I also appreciate the professional way in which they handle bad experiences.

Needless to say, such is typical of all teachers’ experiences, and the only rewards of teaching are the success of the students whom we rarely hear about; but the successful students are the touchdowns we have scored, had teachers been professional athletes as Key and Peele imagine.

However, when some of our student fail to successfully meet life’s challenges, no one can imagine the heartache we suffer, wondering, is there something I missed, is there something more I could have done? Thankfully our failures are fortunately exceedingly few, but loom big in our conscience.

Unfortunately, our professional reputation is presently suffering immense criticism from American politicians today, who surely must represent those of our students whom we have failed.

Today the political Right would destroy our unions, which are the only voice we have for our profession, we are accused of creating an ignorant population (I wonder if they mean their own kind), and they would deny us those few benefits we have receive in lieu of poor pay.

We and our labor unions are accused of keeping bad teachers employed, when in reality the opposite is true, we are embarrassed by bad teachers, but had nothing to do with their hiring and have no power to fire them; therefore, all we can do is try to protect good teachers from being fired by unwarranted complaints of parents or being fired for political reasons.

Actually, it is refreshing to be compared to professional athlete by Key and Peele. It is a pleasure to be treated in comic relief instead of subjected to hate by high profile politicians. So thanks to Key and Peele, two somebodies that actually care about us.

AMERICA IS GOING TO HELL IN A BASKET AND AMERICAN PEOPLE MOAN AND FRET ABOUT IT; WHAT CAN WE DO?

Tuesday, July 28th, 2015

Today I received an email from my Republican cousin in Chicago. She is a very strong Republican and I was surprised to hear she didn’t like any of the Republican candidates for President, and she thinks America is ‘going to hell in a basket’. So I felt I had to respond and cheer her up, because I have been feeling the same way about her Republicans (and some of the Democrats). Here is my email to her to cheer her up:

Dear Cuz,

Thought your email about politics was interesting; when I was teaching school, I taught kids government and history. Doesn’t that make me an expert? I can see you shaking your head, NO!

And, I know you think I am a dyed in the wool Democrat, but that is actually not true. In 2008 and 2012 I would have voted for President Obama if he had been a Republican, because I believe in most of the things he believes in. And I never expected him to win because he is considered a Black Man and at the time I thought America would never, ever elect a Black Man as President. Happily, I was wrong!

For 2016, my own choice would be Bernie Sanders for President, because he believes the same as I do, in regard to what is best for all the People; my choice would have been for Sen. Elizabeth Warren, but she does not want to run for whatever reason, and I respect her decision.

In all honesty, I would hate to be President, because it requires great sacrifice. I’m convinced President Obama will be overjoyed to be able to leave the Presidency in 2017. I notice how much the President has aged in 6 years.

I believe Sen. Warren could easily win the Presidency if she would run. Warren and I agree on what is best for the American People and I think she would stick to her guns and not bargain it away. Also I think it is time America had a woman President, and I would prefer it to be an exceptional woman like Sen. Warren, to be our first female President.

Unfortunately, there is no Republican that I could vote for President in 2016, with a clear conscience; and some of my favorite politicians were Republicans: Abe Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, and Earl Warren. But, I don’t think Lincoln, Roosevelt or Warren would vote for any of the Neocon Republican candidates running for office today; also, I don’t believe today’s Neocon Republicans would vote for Abe, Teddy, or Earl. Of course, I would!

Sorry to have to tell you this but your Grand Old Party, the old Republican party has been taken over by the bad guys, the extremely wealthy John Birch Society members; the Birch Society does not use their name in doing their bad deeds and instead work through “Front Groups” like the Tea Party and the American Legislative Exchange Council, who are both financed by the Koch brothers, whose father Fred, was a founder of the John Birch Society. The JBS does not believe America is a democracy and they want to eliminate democracy from America.

AMERICA DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE

Cuz, I agree with you about how terrible it is that members of our government are being bought and elections being bought; this is because of the Citizens United Decision by the Supreme Court majority, all of whom were appointed by Republic Presidents (2 by W. Bush, 2 by Papa Bush, and 1 by Reagan). I believe the decision is wrong, it has eliminated democratic elections in America, the decision was purely political and not Constitutional, and I believe it is just what the John Birch Society wanted. Draw your own conclusions.

Here is a quote from the John Birch Society Bluebook about democracy: John Birch Society Blue Book, p.124 ” . . . democracy is merely a deceptive phrase, a weapon of demagoguery, and a perennial fraud.” (Continued in Footnote 25, p. 136.) “Our founding fathers . . .visibly spurned a democracy as probably the worst of all forms of government.”

And it appears to me that the John Birch Society ideology has taken over your Republican Party. I have actually heard Republican Congressmen state that “America is not a democracy”, on TV. That is shameful.

As for your politics in Illinois lately, personally, I don’t like the Republicans or the Democrats. I particularly don’t like Rahm Emanuel, the mayor of Chicago; he is a terrible person, a bully, and thinks politics is a game and not a commitment. I was hoping he would be defeated but unfortunately it did not happen.

So I agree with you that America is going to hell, but for different reasons.

Those of us who study government professionally, believe that the ONLY reason for having a government is to do things for the people as a nation that they cannot do all by their self; things like the Post Office that is provided for in the Constitution Article I, Section 5, and highways, and public schools provided for in the Northwest Ordinance of 1785, and Social Security, Medicare, the Army, and Obamacare. (Republicans today disagree, of course, and I disagree with Republicans about this.)

Personally, I think the reason why America is so far behind other civilized nations in the world is the Republican opposition to anything run by the government.

In Europe, the government runs things like trains, telephone service, TV cable (through telephone service), and the Swiss post office is great, it is a bank and postal service and you pay all your bills at the Post Office (checking accounts are not used in Switzerland).

Also the Post Office delivers all their mail to every other post office in the country by bus, called the Post Bus, and those buses also provide transportation for people; so people who live in remote places can get anywhere they want to go because of the Post Bus. In America, if you live in the country you are stuck there unless you have a car, the car is running, and the creek don’t rise.

America’s Obamacare is just like Switzerland’s universal medical care, private companies, but required, and regulated by the government.
Obamacare copied the Swiss medical care program. The five years I lived in Switzerland I had their universal medical care and I received excellent medical care at a lower rate than I would have paid in America.

Republicans just don’t like the government providing and regulating services for the people and complain how can you pay for it; the answer is that you pay taxes to pay for it (nothing is free), and you save money because you have excellent transportation without having to have a car and car expense, and communication without paying profits to the private owner and haggling by competing telephone companies.

Americans pay more in taxes than anyone else, but it all goes to the military for atomic bombs and needles wars and none of it goes for the necessities of People.

If they wanted to, the American government could subdivide and sell off the Camp Pendleton Marine Base here in San Diego and pay off the National Debt.

Of course, Neocon Republicans think that is wrong and today’s Republicans think Benjamin Franklin, the first Postmaster, was a socialist because the government runs our post office. Sen. McCain keeps saying we should privatize the U.S. Postal Service.

Every other civilized nation in the world has a post office owned and operated by the government. I think our Constitutional forefathers were much smarter that today’s Republicans.

So, take my word for it, I’m not a dyed in the wool Democrat, and I would vote for Abe, Teddy, or Earl if given the opportunity.

And, oh yes, I know that America was intended to be and is a democracy, America is a democratic Republic.

Hope this email made you feel better; perhaps we can make America well in 2016 if we all unite and stay together!

Luvya Cuz!

THE DONALD SOARS IN THE POLLS FOR PRESIENTIAL CANDIDATES BASED ON HIS APPEAL TO THE ‘ME’ GENERATION; THE WORKING MIDDLE CLASS AND POOR MAJORITY, ARE TOO BUSY WORKING TO FEED THE FAMILY, TO PARTICIPATE IN THE POLLS!

Monday, July 27th, 2015

Today I am thinking about how Donald Trump has appeal to voters; consider condensing the appeal of the Donald to simple descriptive words or phrases?

The Donald is exceedingly selfish.
The Donald does not let ethical conduct stand in the way of his success.
The Donald determines his own success based upon ‘money’ he can amass.
The Donald executes his campaign based on the use of the pronoun ‘I’, never used ‘We’.
The Donald has extreme faith in his self, believes he must ‘use’ God to justify self.
The Donald expresses genuine love for who he loves most, his self.
The Donald is dedicated to being cooperative, using anyone who will cooperate with him.
The Donald defines ‘work’ as spending.

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PICTURE A PHART IN A WHIRLWIND

Thus the Donald is the poster boy for the ‘ME’ generation; he has great appeal for adherents of the ‘ME’ generation. The Donald is the epitome of Romney’s “American Dream”!

America’s working Middle Class and Poor are a majority in America, they look at history as reality, believes the Constitution was based on cooperation and not competition, unity and not division, and thus tend to be liberal progressives, and believe in union there is strength.

America’s working Middle Class and Poor long for a viable liberal progressive candidate, they never seem to get.

The elitist centrists and DC Establishment politicians believe a politician has to compromise his soul to get the vote of the opposition to be elected, instead of focusing on turning out their liberal progressive base to vote.

“What fools these mortals be.”

AMERICA AND AMERICAN PEACE AND PROSPERITY IS BEING THREATENED BY ISRAEL, NETANYAHU, AND THE REPUBLICAN PARTY; AMERICA MUST CHOOSE BETWEEN FOREIGN INTERVENTION AND AMERICAN PEACE AND PROSPERITY! PERSONALLY, I AM FOR “NO MORE WAR”!

Monday, July 20th, 2015

Today, I read about “. . . Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urged U.S. lawmakers to reject a deal he said would only feed an “Iranian terror machine.” http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/iran-nuclear-deal-congress_55abcd70e4b065dfe89e9674?

IRAN ISRAEL USA DOVE SHIT
NETANYAHU OF ISRAEL

It is unbelievable that Netanyahu and Israel actually believe that Israel controls the American Congress; the concept of the foreign theocratic State of Israel dictating to the Congress of the United States of America is reprehensible!

President Obama should withdraw our Ambassador to Israel, close the embassy, and withdraw diplomatic relations with Israel.

Iran’s leader has honestly stated that Iran approving the treaty does not change Iran’s condemnation of ‘arrogant Americans’; I assume he is talking about the Zionist Republicans in Congress and I agree with him.

America is a small part of this treaty with Iran and for America to, to reject it would be for America to defy France, Germany, Russia, China, and the United Nations.

That being the case, I have lost all respect for Netanyahu, Israel, and the American Republican Party; instead, I stand by President Obama and the rest of the world.

NO MORE WAR! NO MORE WAR! NO MORE WAR!

HELLO AMERICA: ARE YOU AWARE THAT YOUR BRAIN BELONGS TO CORPORATE AMERICA’S NEWS MEDIA AND YOU ASS BELONGS TO CONGRESS AND THEIR CORPORATE AMERICAN MILITARY/INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX!

Saturday, July 18th, 2015

Here is America’s huge monstrous problem that devastates modern United States of America; it is very evident, but completely hidden from view, and it is universally denied but every one complains about it. It sounds intriguing, and it is. Simply stated, the American People are ‘brainwashed’ by Corporate America conglomerates’ news media; Americans just have no idea what is going on in America or the world through no fault of their own.

You may well ask, and should ask, how am I privileged to know that Americans’ minds are “controlled” by corporate American owned, operated, and edited (censored) news media?

First of all, I am a very humbled public school history teacher; which means that whether you like it or not, I’m a professional historian and educator.

Many Americans, I’ve discovered, believe I am just another damn overpaid school teacher, wasting their hard earned tax dollar, which I believe is the wrong attitude to take, for A person employed by the State to teach their kid, life’s secrets

But here I am and there you are, America!

Now I have to admit that I am not a genius; and I know what a genius is because I have had several among the many students that I taught over many years. However, I do know my IQ, which graciously measures ‘above the average’.

But, I do have to admit that I made the great discovery of how the American corporate owned new media, uses that ‘news media’ to make you believe something that isn’t true, quite by accident. It’s a long story, but basically, I learned while I lived in Europe for five years, 2000 to 2005.

During the five years that I lived in Europe, I was confounded by the fact the rest of the world’s news media was entirely different from the American news media; and European TV commentators, often mentioned it.

As an academic, I look at news in retrospect; if a news report proves to be true, the news media was accurate. Basically, I discovered American news media wasn’t true and some of the rest of the world’s news media proved to be more accurate. This discovery made me very uncomfortable.

So then, as an academic, I had to do research to discover the “why”!

And, I discovered that in Europe, news media earned their ‘profits’ from selling the news to customers; in America the news media earned their ‘profits’ from selling advertising and commercials (primarily corporate advertising). The American News Media owed the advertisers everything and their customers nothing; then, I began to understand that the news I got was not for my benefit, it was for the benefit of the news media and their advertisers.

In Europe, most newspapers were owned by different owners and in America, Corporate conglomerates owned a huge share of all the newspapers in America, and in most cities of moderate size, there was only one newspaper and that newspaper had a monopoly on the advertising.

Actually, I greatly appreciated watching European TV without commercials (it has changed now, and they have American-like commercials) and reading the newspaper that contained mostly news and very little advertisements. But I was extremely disturbed by the dishonesty of American news media.

My personal education and my professional experience was devoted to thorough study of the United States Constitution and particularly the Bill of Rights; for me, our Constitution is sacred, however, it must be studied from the legal aspect and the historic basis from which it emerged. The Constitution has been amended as required by progress, time, and technology; and that is the very reason why the writers provided for Amendment.

In terms of the media, there are four words in the First Amendment of the Constitution that requires our very careful scrutiny, in any discussion of the news media; those four words in the First Amendment are, “. . . and of the press”!

The Entire First Amendment reads: “Congress shall make no laws respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech; or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.”

At the time this was written, 1787, the only news media existing was the local newspaper, ordinarily owned by one man, and in most cities there existed only one newspaper. From a legal perspective, and based on American common law of liability for defamation, libel, and slander, which allows prosecution only if proved such action resulted in monetary loss, America’s Freedom of the Press actually allowed news media to lie, misrepresent fact, and misinterpret the news.

The words “and of the press” was not intended to apply to a corporate conglomerate that owned a large part of all newspapers in America or apply to TV news media that is owned by one corporate conglomerate that broadcasts nationwide. Americans can count the news media, ‘educating’ the entire United States of America, on the fingers of one hand; and those news media are owned and represent only the interests of corporate America.

Then over a hundred years ago, historically, the American news media became afflicted with something called “yellow journalism”, which is a part of history that public school history teachers (other than this one) seem to have failed to teach most Americans today; most Americans do not know of “yellow journalism”. So, here is a quick explanation:

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THE YELLOW PRESS

“The Spanish-American War is often referred to as the first “media war.” During the 1890s, journalism that sensationalized and sometimes even manufactured dramatic events was a powerful force that helped propel the United States into war with Spain. Led by newspaper owners William Randolph Hearst and Joseph Pulitzer, journalism of the 1890s used melodrama, romance, and hyperbole to sell millions of newspapers–a style that became known as yellow journalism. . . . Today, historians point to the Spanish-American War as the first press-driven war.” http://www.pbs.org/crucible/frames/_journalism.html

And this is what I discovered in my experience in Europe in 2000, over a hundred years later in the beginning of the Twenty-First Century; all of America’s mainstream news media, is “yellow journalism”, based on the evidence and in my estimation. You, have to decide for yourself.

So this is the lesson of today from this old, retired school teacher. Summed up, the lesson is, don’t believe much of anything you read or hear on TV, in the newspaper, or on your computer and I-phone today (including this blog post, in all honesty).

It is disheartening for me to be the one to inform you of the awesome absence of truth in the Twenty-First Century; but, I feel it is an obligation. Honestly, I feel more raped than informed by today’s mainstream news media; I feel the power of the American Corporate news media is overwhelming, and more powerful than the government, that appears helpless to regulate news media, because of their “Freedom of the Press”.

Our Constitutional forefathers did not write “and of the Press” in the First Amendment, to promote “yellow journalism”; if those Constitutional forefathers were alive today, they would be appalled.

If you are impressed with my blog item, please pass it on with my permission; it is the only one of its kind, to my knowledge. You have a viable alternative called the delete button.

Have a nice day, everyone!

SADISTIC TORTURE PREYS ON THE CONSCIENCE; IT IS EXTREMELY PAINFUL TO CONTEMPLATE BEING AN INTEGRAL PART OF SADISTIC TORTURE OF HUMANITY, ESPECIALLY IF WE ALLOWED IT TO HAPPEN!

Thursday, July 16th, 2015

Today I’m reading, “Auschwitz Guard Convicted Of 300,000 Counts Of Accessory To Murder”: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/oskar-groening-auschwitz-guard-convicted_55a61546e4b0896514cfc150?

The article brought back some seriously troubling memories for me, from my youth and from today.

A former German Nazi foot soldier, “. . . Oskar Groening confessed during his trial to feeling “moral guilt” for serving as an SS sergeant at Auschwitz. On Wednesday, a court ruled that he was guilty of being an accessory to the murder of 300,000 Jews and sentenced him to four years in prison.” Oskar Groening is 94 years ole; WWII ended 70 years ago.

NAZI OSKAR GROENING FOUND GUILTY BEST

Lest we Americans forget, an American soldier takes an oath to follow the orders of his Commander in Chief, and it was not that long ago U.S. Soldiers at Abu Ghraib, Gitmo, and other locations were ordered to sadistically torture prisoners of war by their Commander in Chief, President W. Bush; and do not forget that the rest of the world, still today, would indict W. Bush, Dick Cheney, Darrell Rumsfeld and others for their sadistic crimes against humanity.

Remember also that during the Medieval Christian Inquisition, Christian leaders of “The Catholic Faith” tortured Muslims, Jews, and Protestants at what they perceived as orders from Jesus Christ, also early American ‘Christian’ colonists burned their neighbors at the stake for what they perceived as “witchcraft”, and, American Christian White Supremacists tortured and lynched African Americans for just being African Americans, AND THEY ARE STILL DOING IT TODAY!

Sadism is sadism whether it be Nazi sadism, Christian sadism, ISIS sadism, any kind of terrorist sadism, America’s KKK and White Supremacist sadism, or whether or not it follower’s or leader’s sadism. Unfortunately, there are absolutely no excuses for sadistic torture!

Further it is extremely difficult and morose for me and everyone else, presumably, to even have to contemplate the conscience of other compassionate beings and followers, such as foot soldiers like Oskar Groening, who are ordered by their Commanders like President W. Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney, Secretary Darrell Rumsfeld, or in Oskar’s case, Adolf Hitler, to inflict torture and death on their fellow humanity.

In America, we have a President that is ours, whether we voted for him or not; the American President and America’s behavior is the responsibility of Americans, just as we held all Germans responsible for Adolf Hitler, there and no excuses. We have ‘Presidents’ Day’ to honor our Presidents; how can we not also conscientiously feel ‘moral guilt’ for any sadistic behavior of our leaders?

There is a compelling poem by a German cleric written about 1946, about his own German Nazi Era behavior that all Americans should read and commit to memory, just as we do our own, “Remember Pearl Harbor”:

First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.
— Pastor Martin Niemöller (1892–1984)

Always remember America, don’t ever forget!

Don’t ever forget!

ABORTION RIGHTS UNDER THE LAW IN A RELIGIOUS CONTEXT, AND IN THE EMOTIONAL CONSIDERATION OF AN INDIVIDUAL CITIZEN IN A DEMOCRACY LIKE AMERICA!

Sunday, July 12th, 2015

About legal abortion in America; legal abortion is either about law, religion, or emotion and the law necessarily prevails in a democracy like America.

In the law, a fetus is not a person until birth and a medical abortion is legal; in the matter of religious doctrine, U.S. Constitution, Amendment I: “Congress shall make no laws respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech; or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.”

In legal context, differences between a fetus and a child is grossly over simplified and likened to the difference between a ‘chicken and an egg’.

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Were a fetus to legally become a ‘person’ by statute, it would create a myriad of consequential disasters: a fetus could be sued, a fetus could commit crimes, a fetus could be incarcerated, a fetus could obstruct justice, etc.

All attempts (and there have been a myriad of attempts) to make a fetus, a person legally, have been found to be not in the best interests of any individuals or society, despite the pure emotional appeal.

The Constitution is the law of the land; and in regard to religion and the law, the Bill of Rights provides for each citizen to practice his choice of religion and protects each citizen from the tyranny of the religion beliefs of others.

It would be a violation of Human Rights to impose the tyranny of a religion on the mass of the People.

The American Constitutional Right of a woman to a legal abortion does not require woman to have an abortion.

What Americans’ greatest need is today, would be for America to have a new Amendment to the Constitution that requires every citizen to ‘mind his or her own business’.

Any and every individual’s emotional concerns and beliefs about abortion are not in any way considered a legal factor in deciding the merits of a legal abortion, for some other woman’ abortion, in a democracy; no woman in a democracy can be or should be required to have an abortion and in a democracy, no woman should be denied her Right to a legal abortion, by another citizen.

The whole subject of legal abortion is obviously, exclusively a female Rights issue based on the anatomical difference in male and female; though, both male and female have a vested interest.

THE HISTORY OF THE PROBLEM OF IRAQ AND ISIS; AN AMERICAN DILEMMA!

Saturday, July 11th, 2015

In 2003, I was living in Europe and during the run up to the invasion of Iraq, every night the TV featured Iraqis telling the TV audience, “Though we do not approve of Saddam’s oppressive and brutal ways, we plead with America not to invade and depose Saddam; doing so would not only kill many innocent Iraqis but if Saddam is deposed, the world will see a blood bath like never before!”

The TV commentator would then state this disclaimer, “These TV videos will not be shown on TV in the United States of America”.

I’ve thought about this a lot since 2003.

IRAQ WAR SADDAMS STATUE
TUMBLING DOWN OF SADDAM’S STATUE IN IRAQ BY AMERICAN FORCES OF INAVSTION

If you remember, America’s allies in Europe (France, Italy, Germany, and others) did not participate in the invasion of Iraq. That should tell America and the world something about America’s Invasion of Iraq; though actually, I remember Americans saying that France, Germany, and Italy were at fault for not joining in the Iraq invasion.

The PNAC President W. Bush Administration’s invasion of Iraq and execution of Saddam turned out to be a disaster that the People of Iraq foretold; and, it seems to me that this appears to be why the Iraqi People have no heart for fighting ISIS, or any other brutal dictators of today, because the Iraqi People lose either way.

And, It is America’s problem, now!

TODAY, AMERICA TOOK A SMALL STEP FOR MAN, A HUGE STEP FOR HUMANITY, AND THE MAJORITY OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ELIMINATED A SYMBOL OF DIVISIVENESS; TODAY THERE IS HOPE FOR BRINGING TOGETHER OUR NEIGHBORS, OUR BROTHERS, AND OUR PEOPLE!

Saturday, July 11th, 2015

Today I’m reading, “See The Confederate Flag Coming Down From The South Carolina Capitol Grounds”: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/07/10/confederate-flag-taken-down-photos_n_7769666.html

FLAG 1
THE ONE AND THE ONLY FLAG OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

Personally, the journalist got the story all wrong; it’s not about a flag, it is all about divisiveness!

Though, the “Confederate” flag actually came down at the South Carolina capital; what does it all really mean?

Perhaps we should start and make all things perfectly clear on this issue? Let us not refer to this symbol as the “Confederate Flag”, for that is not what it was to all the People of America. Let us in all honesty refer to this symbol as, “the symbol of hate, persecution, and enslavement of our neighbors, our fellow American citizens, our fellow workers, our comrades at arms, our American heroes in the service of our beloved democratic Republic, and our brothers and sisters”.

This has more the sound of truth and purpose of our nation, the United States of America! This is why a symbol disputed between love and hate that inspires hate between American neighbors, must go; in the end, the flag is in reality, a piece of cloth, and hate is reality.

When humanity like America suffers, a disaster, we brothers and sisters are ultimately required to come together for our own mutual benefit and for the benefit of our posterity; let us never forget our posterity. We must put aside our differences and love our neighbors, for our children’s sake as well as our own; that is what our United People of America is all about.

With all due respect, Americans as a people have out-lived our separate fifty States differences, and it is now the Twenty-First Century and time to embrace out brothers and sisters across this vast and great land. Today with our electronic technology, we can speak love for our brothers and sisters by electronic device, clear across the tall mountains, vast oceans, and the huge prairies of this great land.

We no longer communicate by pony express, stage coach, or the beloved Paul Revere.

Sadly, though we have embraced electronic technology of the present, too many of us have stubbornly, unfortunately retained too much of the hate generated from some of America’s sordid past. America has unfortunately not totally committed to trust our Constitutional heritage of equality, fraternity, and liberty; it is now time for intelligent and necessary change.

America is realistically, no longer a combination of wrangling, separate, belligerent States of red and blue, north or south, union and confederate; America is no longer a combination of separate white, yellow, brown, black, or red people! Now is the time for us to become one People of, by, and for the whole of the United People of America!

Our Constitutional forefathers would approve! Our Confederate forefathers would approve; our Confederate forefathers did not surrender their dignity, they willingly surrendered slavery, persecution, and oppression for the welfare of American union!

God bless the United People of America!