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AMERICAN HISTORY LESSON FOR TODAY’S AMERICAN VOTERS AND PROSPECTIVE VOTERS

Sunday, February 24th, 2019

PRAYER NIEMOELLER
“First they came … is a famous statement and provocative poem written by Pastor Martin Niemöller (1892–1984) about the cowardice of German intellectuals following the Nazis’ rise to power and subsequent purging of their chosen targets, group after group.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_they_came_…

First They Came

“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)


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“When Pastor Niemöller was put in a concentration camp we wrote the year 1937; when the concentration camp was opened we wrote the year 1933, and the people who were put in the camps then were Communists. Who cared about them? We knew it, it was printed in the newspapers.
“Who raised their voice, maybe the Confessing Church? We thought: Communists, those opponents of religion, those enemies of Christians – “should I be my brother’s keeper?”
“Then they got rid of the sick, the so-called incurables. – I remember a conversation I had with a person who claimed to be a Christian. He said: Perhaps it’s right, these incurably sick people just cost the state money, and they are just a burden to themselves and to others. Isn’t it best for all concerned if they are taken out of the middle [of society]? — Only then did the church as such take note. Then we started talking, until our voices were again silenced in public. Can we say, we aren’t guilty/responsible? The persecution of the Jews, the way we treated the occupied countries, or the things in Greece, in Poland, in Czechoslovakia or in Holland, that were written in the newspapers
“I believe, we Confessing-Church-Christians have every reason to say: mea culpa, mea culpa! We can talk ourselves out of it with the excuse that it would have cost me my head if I had spoken out.”

NAZI PRISONERS WITH DISABILITIES
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And in 1954, in the United States of America there was enacted: “Communist Control Act of 1954”: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Communist_Control_Act_of_1954
“The Communist Control Act (68 Stat. 775, 50 U.S.C. 841-844) is a piece of United States federal legislation, signed into law by President Dwight Eisenhower on 24 August 1954, which outlaws the Communist Party of the United States and criminalizes membership in, or support for the Party or “Communist-action” organizations and defines evidence to be considered by a jury in determining participation in the activities, planning, actions, objectives, or purposes of such organizations.”


AMERICAN NAZI PARADE IN NEW YORK CITY IN 1930’S
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PERSONAL NOTE BY RICHARD BLANKENBURG Ed.D.

In 1956, two years after passage of the above, Communist Control Act of 1954, I moved to San Diego California because I had a contract to teach in public schools in San Diego. Before I could get a license to teach in California Schools, I was required sign a legal affidavit that I was not, nor ever had been, a member of the Communist Party nor any of the affiliates of the Communist Party

Personally, I had no problem signing the legal affidavit that I was not a Communist, however I had considerable concern that I could be a teacher in California and be a member of the American Nazi Party, the Ku Klux Klan, the John Birch Society including their “front group” the Tea Party, and any other fascist political groups that exists today, in America.

Further, as a licensed teacher of “American Government” and “American History”, I was “required” by the State of California to teach my students the great advantages of living in the “democracy” of the United States of America!

And, most certainly I was well aware of the threat of fascism as well as Communism, to our American democratic Republic!

There is no doubt in my own mind that I was and am, an “excellent teacher” by law! After you have read these 2 pages, I hope you have learned something of value that is important, in the current day and age in America; this was my objective!

Today, I am a retired California school teacher. God bless the American democratic Republic!

THIS IS IMPORTANT TO ME; AND IF YOU AGREE, I ASK YOU TO FORWARD IT!

Tuesday, February 19th, 2019

Today, Presidents’ Day, I watched on national television what amounted to, a political speech, by President Donald Trump opposing “socialism”!

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump gestures and declares “You’re fired!” at a rally in Manchester, New Hampshire, June 17, 2015. REUTERS/Dominick Reuter TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY – RTX1GZCO

Personally, I am a retired public school teacher who taught government and United States History. In order to get a credential to teach in California, I was required in 1956 to sign a legal affidavit that I was not then nor had ever been a member of the Communist Party or any affiliate; however, I was free to have been a fascist, belonged to the American Fascist Party, the Ku Klux Klan, or be a Whites Supremacist fascist. Actually, I was none of these things.

It was actually illegal to be a Communist in 1956. Communist Party Illegal in U.S.” The Communist Control Act (68 Stat. 775, 50 U.S.C. 841-844) is a piece of United States federal legislation, signed into law by President Dwight Eisenhower on 24 August 1954, which outlawed the Communist Party of the United States and criminalized membership in, or support for the Party or “Communist-action” organizations and defined evidence to be considered by a jury in determining participation in the activities, planning, actions, objectives, or purposes of such organizations. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Communist_Control_Act_of_1954

However, as a political science graduate, I was not concerned that being a Communist was illegal, however every American citizen was free to be a fascist, a member of the American Nazi Party, a member of the Ku Klux Klan or a White Supremacist! And, in my teaching experiences I knew of teachers and students who were!

That said, I was dishearten by today’s speech by President Trump. A few weeks ago I mentioned in another post that in two years of his Presidency, I had never remembered President Trump to say the word “democracy” or use it in any one of his many speeches. In his speech today, the President used it out of context or meaning, many, many times over (did the President read my other post)?

The President today, was about the Venezuelan political and economic tragedy and its relationship to America and the world.

As stated, I was dishearten by the President’s speech, his misuse of political and economic terminology, and the many falsehoods in his speech. Personally, as a teacher, and student of political science, history, and economics, President Trump’s speech was both a disaster and frightening.

Please note that I do not hate anyone, including President Trump or other political ignoramuses; that is a requirement of a respectable and “good teacher”. My mother taught me that all people are considered equal in God’s eyes; she told me, “God counts each sparrows fall” (and she did not care for sparrows). However, I have grown to expect much more of a President of the United States.

My definition of democracy as a political science teacher is that democracy is a form of government in which, (1) all citizens vote, (2) a majority rules, and (3) liberty exists; and, liberty is defined as freedom, limited to the extent that the freedom of one citizen does not infringe upon the rights of other citizens. It is liberty (U.S. Bill of Rights) that protects the minority from the tyranny of the majority in America.

The Webster Dictionary definition of democracy is: “A government in which the supreme power is held by the People.”

In his speech today, President Trump’s definition of American democracy appeared to be, “A government in which the supreme power is held by capitalists!” To me, government and economics are two different things.

A Webster Dictionary definition of fascism is: “A political philosophy, movement, or regime that exalts nation often race and stands for a centralized autocratic, often militaristic government.” To my horror, this describes to me President Trump by definition!

Now I want to quote the U.S. Constitution, for my concept of our American democratic Republic; PREAMBLE TO THE US CONSTITUTION: “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure the domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, PROMOTE THE GENERAL WEALFARE, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution of the United States of America.” (Capital letters by the author for emphasis).

The American Constitution provides for “both, capitalism and/or socialism, depending on the needs of the People”. The U.S. Army is socialistic, public streets, roads, fire protection and police protection are totally “socialistic”.

Our Constitution provides for “capitalism” in Amendment IV: “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.”

In his speech today, President Trump kept using the term “democracy” to refer to American capitalism and not our democratic Constitutional government; and, he repeatedly said “America is not socialist and will never be socialist”. We are not, it is both capitalistic and socialistic depending upon People’s needs!

Our 1787 Constitution provides for our socialistic U.S. Postal Service: The U.S. Constitution states, in Article I Section 8, “The Congress shall have the Power….. To establish Post Offices and post Roads.” Our forefathers considered their only form of communication at that time, too important to have to depend on the “perhaps biased” political private sector.

If my post has impressed you with American democracy, and the questionable understanding today of democracy by President Trump, please forward it. Remember, America is neither socialist nor capitalist, it is whatever is best for the People, according to our Constitution. Keep it that way!

HERE IS A QUICK ANALYSIS OF OUR “AMERICAN DEMOCRACY’S, STATE OF THE UNION SPEECH BY CURRENT PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP!

Thursday, February 7th, 2019

PRESIDENT TRUMP GAVE THE LONGEST STATE OF THE UNION SPEECH IN OUR HISTORY AND USED THE MOST WORDS OF ANY STATE OF THE UNION SPEECH IN HISTORY AND NEVER UTTERED THE WORD “DEMOCRACY’, ONE SINGLE TIME. BY HIS ACTION AND OTHER COMMENTS, I CANNOT BELIEVE THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP BELIEVES THAT THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA IS A “DEMOCRACY”!

AS A DEVOTED AMERICAN CITIZEN, AND STUDENT OF OUR DEMOCRACY, AND RETIRED TEACHER OF AMERICAN GOVERNMENT AND HISTORY, “DEMOCRACY IS A TREASURED WORD” IN MY AMERICAN DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC’S HISTORY. AMERICAN DEMOCRACY IS GUARANTEED RIGHT THERE IN OUR U.S. CONSTITUTION OF 1787; EVERY CITIZEN SHOULD READ IT!

AS A RETIRED AMERICAN TEACHER OF HISTORY AND GOVERNMENT, I WAS DEEPLY OFFENDED BY THE LIES IN HIS STATE OF THE UNION SPEECH, BY PRESIDENT TRUMP! IN MY LIFETIME (88 YEARS OLD), I HAVE NEVER HEARD A MORE ATROCIOUS AMERICAN STATE OF THE UNION SPEECH!

ANOTHER TERRIBLE LIE BY PRESIDENT TRUMP WAS, “AMERICA IS NOT A SOCIALIST COUNTRY!”

AS A TEACHER, I WOULD HAVE TO SAY AMERICA HAS NEVER BEEN A TOTALLY CAPITAISTIC COUNTRY, NOR A SOCIALIST COUNTRY, HOWEVER, OUR AMERICAN CONSTITUTION PROVIDES FOR BOTH, CAPITALISM AND SOCIALISM, OUT OF NECESSITY, LIKE MOST EVERY NATION.

THE PREAMBLE TO THE AMERICAN CONSTITUTION READS: “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure the domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, PROMOTE THE GENERAL WELFARE, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution of the United States of America.” “PROMOTE THE GENERAL WELFARE” IS CAPITLIZED BY THE WRITER FOR EMPHASIS.

ACTUALLY, THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, LIKE “ALL NATIONS”, WAS ‘FOUNDED FOR ONE PURPOSE ONLY; EVERY NATION HAS BEEN FOUNDED “ONLY” TO PROVIDE FOR THE PEOPLE ‘COLLECTIVELY’, ALL THOSE THINGS THAT THE PEOLPLE AS INDIVIDUALS CANNOT PROVIDE FOR THEIR SELF AS AN INDIVIDUAL. AND THAT IS A SOCIALISTIC ENTITY!

FOR THE BEST EXAMPLE, AN ARMY AND NAVY. THE ARMY AND NAVY ARE SOCIALISTIC ENTITIES!

THE AMERICAN ARMY, NAVY, LOCAL POLICE AND FIRE PROTECTIONS, THE VERY ROADS AND STREETS WE DRIVE AND WALK ON, ARE ALL SOCIALISTIC ENTITIES. THIS IS “DEMOCRATIC SOCIALISM” AND DOES NOT PRECLUDE A CAPITALISTIC ECONOMY!

AND THE FOUNDERS OF OUR U.S. CONSTITUTION PROVIDED FOR A GOVERNMENTAL, UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE, BECAUSE IT WAS TOO IMPORTANT (LIKE THE ARMY) TO TRUST TO CAPITALISTIC INDIVIDUAL CITIZENS.

AMERICAN CAPITALISM IS BASED UPON THE CONSTITUTION’S FOURTH AMERNDEMENT:

Amendment IV: “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, papers, and effects against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue but on probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the person or things to be seized.“ And, Amendment V: “No Person shall . . . be deprived of life, liberty, or property without due process of law, nor shall private property be taken for public use without just compensation.”

CAPITALISM IS BASED ON COMPETITION!

SOCIALISM IS BASED UPON COOPERATION!

BECAUSE CAPITALISM IS BASED ON COMPETITION, IT REQUIRES THE GOVERNMENT TO EXERT SOME CONTROL FOR THE PROTECTION OF THE CONSUMERS (AND THE CONSUMER IS EACH AND EVERY CITIZEN OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA).

THE GREAT AMERICAN AND REPUBLICAN PRESIDENT TEDDY ROOSEVELT (THE “TRUST BUSTER”) SAID ABOUT CORPORATIONS: “OUR AIM IS NOT TO DO AWAY WITH CORPORATIONS, ON THE CONTRARY, THESE BIG AGGREGATIONS ARE AN INEVITABLE DEVELOPMENT OF MODERN INDUSTRIALISM. . . WE ARE NOT HOSTILE TO THEM; WE ARE MERELY DETERMINED THAT THEY SHALL BE SO HANDLED AS TO SUBSERVE THE PUBLIC GOOD. WE DRAW THE LINE AGAINST MISCONDUCT, NOT AGAINST WEALTH.”

“BUT THERE IS ANOTHER HARM; AND IT IS EVIDENT THAT WE SHOULD TRY TO DO AWAY WITH THAT. THE GREAT CORPORATIONS WHICH WE HAVE GROWN TO SPEAK OF RATHER LOOSELY AS TRUSTS ARE THE CREATURES OF THE STATE, AND THE STATE NOT ONLY HAS THE RIGHT TO CONTROL THEM, BUT IT IS DUTY BOUND TO CONTROL THEM WHENEVER THE NEED OF SUCH CONTROL IS SHOWN.” SPEECH AT KENNEDY PLAZA, PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND (23 AUGUST 1902).

IN PRESIDENT TRUMP’S STATE OF THE UNION SPEECH, HE STATED THAT ONE OF HIS GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENTS IN HIS FIRST TWO YEARS AS PRESIDENT WAS TO ELIMINATE MORE LAWS CONTROLING CORPRATIONS, THAN ANY OTHER PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES; PRESIDENT TRUMP ALSO MAINTAINED THAT “ANY” GOVERNMENT REGULATION OF CORPORATIONS WAS “WRONG”.

AS A FORMER TEACHER, I FEEL COMPELLED TO WRITE THIS FOR THE BENEFIT OF OTHER AMERICANS WHO LOVE OUR DEMOCRACY, THE AMERICAN DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC!

WE AMERICANS ARE AND HAVE BEEN SINCE 1787, ABLE TO ENJOY AND APPRECIATE OUR AMERICAN CAPITALISM, SOCIALISM, AND DEMOCRACY, AS A PEOPLE! GOD BLESS AMERICA!