FEAR: The Driving Force Behind American Politics

The Young Turks carried a feature today wherein they played a clip from Michael Moore after creating Bowling for Columbine.  Moore asserted that fear of African-Americans plays a key role in American’s belief that guns are needed.  As the hosts discussed this issue, they highlighted the fact that indeed, the Conservative factions of the Republican Party are indeed using fear to drive so many of their platforms—which is a kind way of saying that this Party uses fear daily to promote their own power.

This is indeed the case.

Consider some of these quotes from various “News” pundits and listen to the underlying fear that is used to cause us to unnecessarily fear each other.

Ann Coulter

“Not all Muslims may be terrorists, but all terrorists are Muslims — at least all terrorists capable of assembling a murderous plot against America that leaves 7,000 people dead in under two hours. ”How are we to distinguish the peaceful Muslims from the fanatical, homicidal Muslims about to murder thousands of our fellow citizens?”

Source “Future widows of America: Write your congressman” in Jewish World Review (28 September 2001)

Message:  Fear ALL Muslims.  I suppose she forgot that Timothy McVeigh was not a Muslim.  No, the entire purpose of this statement was to whip up fear of Muslims.

Sean Hannity

“If we get nationalized health care, it’s over; this is socialism”

Source http://www.democratichub.com/sean-hannity-quotes.aspx

Message:  Fear those who are trying to help anyone without access to affordable health insurance coverage.

Glenn Beck

“They [Democrats in Congress] believe in communism. They believe and have called for a revolution. You’re going to have to shoot them in the head. But warning, they may shoot you.” June 9, 2010

Source http://madmikesamerica.com/2011/04/the-top-10-craziest-things-to-spill-out-of-glenn-becks-pie-hole/

Message: Fear ALL Democrats…’nuff said there.

Rush Limbaugh

“It’s abundantly clear now that Obama has given up winning Arizona. He doesn’t care. He’s written it off…Now he’s going ‘Soviet’ on it to make an example to every other state, by the way. And do not discount that. This is a message to every other state on the border: ‘The same can happen to you if you try this stunt…It’s good old fashioned, political, Soviet-style intimidation.”

Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0612/77842.html#ixzz2FoR6ZWkH

Message:  Fear our President—which translates to “Fear the Government”—the very reason why McVeigh attacked the Alfred P. Murrah building in Oklahoma City.

The NRA

Of course, these insidious people do not stop there, they also want us to Fear the Mentally Ill.  Where do they draw the line at both common sense and human decency?  It would seem that there is no such line when it comes to keeping power and making money in the process.  The NRA now suggests…that we effectively now invade the privacy and already difficult position those with Mental Illness live with daily by making them targets.

Watch the video of the NRA spokesman describing how we now need to fear the mentally ill, not guns here.

Message from Wayne La Pierre and the NRA: Fear the Mentally Ill

So now we are going to attack the most vulnerable in our society…nice.

The point is clear.  The GOP uses fear today much as it has been using fear for the last 40 years to retain power.  Of course, much of what we see today from the Republican Party stems from Nixon’s realignment of the Party of Lincoln to the Party-of-coddle-the-Southern-Conservatives-to-gain-and-retain-power.

Where do we go from here?

Not coincidentally, Southern Conservatives have been masters at using fear for centuries.  First, they enslaved Black people, keeping them in check by the use of fear aka whippings and killing their slaves when necessary to retain their control over them.  After the Civil War ended slavery, they came up with the KKK to continue the climate of fear to keep Black people enslaved to their racist policies.  After Nixon, Jim Crow fear against African-Americans was kept alive through use of the Drug War.  The gross disparities in the Criminal Justice system aptly demonstrate how successful they have been, especially in the racist southern states like Louisiana, which is now the prison capital of the world.

Today, with support for the Drug War waning, these same people are seeking more cunning ways to continue racial fear by extending that to include literally EVERYONE.  The targets may have shifted, but the goal is the same—to retain power and control at the expense of the American Dream.

To learn more, get my latest book, The Cowards in Charge: “The Whole Problem is Really with the Blacks.”

Cowards in charge book cover

A scathing denunciation of the Republican Party and its role in the US Drug War. This book outlines President Nixon’s agenda to gain power by aligning the Republican Party with Southern Democrats after the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. In addition, the book charges that the GOP has remained complicit in maintaining the Drug War at the expense of African-Americans for the purpose of retaining power through the appeasement of Southern Conservatives.

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Tarantino – Could I Get a BETTER Tacit Endorsement for My Book?

I was watching today’s The Young Turks on YouTube and to my surprise, they discussed comments made by Quentin

English: Quentin Tarantino in Paris at the Cés...

English: Quentin Tarantino in Paris at the César awards ceremony Français : Quentin Tarantino à la cérémonie des César du cinéma (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Tarantino that the Drug War amounts to Modern Slavery.  In addition, host Cenk Uygur makes the comment that some books recently have noted that this is nothing more than Jim Crow laws revisited.  To see the video, click here.

I couldn’t agree more, for my recent book, The Cowards in Charge: “The Whole Problem is Really with the Blacks” makes both of these points.  However, I go much further.

The point I make in my new book is that this assault is a continuation of a political strategy begun by Richard Nixon back in the 1960s to curry favor with the Southern Democrats, who were largely conservative and racist.  In fact, these racists were angered by the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the ensuing Voting Rights Act of 1965, both of which were bills introduced by John F. Kennedy in discussions with Republican Leaders.  Interestingly enough, Republicans in Congress continued the work begun by JFK and these bills gains greater support from Republicans in Congress than from Democrats.

Of course, to be fair, this is because the Democrats that opposed the bills were ALL from Southern Conservative Democratic stronghold States.

So Nixon cunningly used this opposition to restructure the GOP so as to win these votes.  How successful was he?

For evidence, we need only look at the last elections.  Mitt Romney only took 206 Electoral votes.  Of these, 148 were from the very States that opposed these Bills.  That amounts to 72% of his support.  So clearly, Nixon was very successful in turning the Republican Party into a racist arm of Southern Conservatives.

For further proof, all one needs to do is watch Fox “News,” but beware, just watch enough to see the truth—according to numerous studies done in recent years, watching this too much will lead to becoming less informed abut facts.

Not sure you agree with this statement?

Then check out this segment from The Young Turks, wherein they discuss some recent terrorist attacks conducted by Republicans who only get their information from Fox “News.”  Indeed, the GOP has become an arm that is killing our nation from within, but this is not new—it is part of the strategy begun under Nixon.

If you want to know how to turn the tide by both stopping the Drug War and saving African-American communities, get a copy of my latest book, The Cowards in Charge: “The Whole Problem is Really with the Blacks,” now on Amazon.

A Challenge to ALL White Americans…Can You Handle This?

A black child, Chicago. - NARA - 556138

A black child, Chicago. – NARA – 556138 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Have you ever been singled out because of your race?

 

I have and perhaps I am one of the few White people in the nation to have had this happen in a clearly noticeable way.  To this day, I recall how uncomfortable it made me feel and perhaps this is why I am as outspoken about racism as I am.

 

I was in second grade.  We had moved into a predominantly Black part of town and I was taken to the Elementary School.  I always loved school so I was excited to be going to a new one.  I liked meeting new people.  On meeting the Principal, who was African-American, I was taken to my home room.  The teacher, who was also Black, had a couple of students move so that I was sitting beside the only other White child in the entire school.

 

The year was 1972 and although segregation in schools occurred many years earlier, Louisiana was way behind in getting the memo.

 

I still do not know why, but I took an almost instant dislike to this girl, preferring instead the boy sitting on the other side.  He and I became friends.  But the girl, I did not like her.

 

As time passed, I was forced to work with this girl on team assignments.  I asked the teacher not to, but she told me that it was best that I work with someone of my own race.  At the time, I did not know what “race” meant and when I got home that night, I asked my parents, telling them that I did not like the girl and wanted instead to work with my friend.

 

My father was angry and went to the school to confront the teacher and Principal.  They tried to explain to him that it was in my best interests that I work with someone of my own “race.”  I still did not understand, but my father removed me from that school that very moment.  He did not hesitate and we moved to another part of town that week.

 

Why do I tell this story?

 

Because I don’t believe that many White people understand what African-American’s go through EVERY DAY of their lives.  It is a humiliation and it crushes the human spirit.  Such things are a blatant disregard for the principles upon which this nation was founded and should not be permitted.

Also, something I figured out early was that racism and bigotry must be learned.  As a child, I did not have it and certainly none of the kids in that school had the disease, for we all played, learned, and like each other, for the most part.  It was the teachers and Principal who were teaching us to be racist–and they were Black.  But that is what they learned and they were simply trying to avoid trouble (likely from the white population in the city).  Their fear caused them to inadvertently promote racism.   That is what fear does.

 

I have actually two challenges for anyone who wants to understand.

 

The first is really very simple.  Go to the mall and ask everyone you see, especially Black people, if they know anyone in jail or prison.   You will likely not have many Whites answer “yes” but undoubtedly, virtually every African-American will.  This is because currently, 1 in 6 Black males have been to prison because of the Drug War and it is anticipated that 1 in 4 will do so at some point in their lives.

 

This is simply unacceptable and contributes to humiliation and the crushing of the human spirit as sure as occurs with a 7-year-old child forced to befriend someone he does not like, based on race.  Which, brings me to the second challenge.

 

Find some place where there are only Black people associating with each other, an all-black bar is a great place to try this.  I have done this many times over the years and have gotten the same results again and again.  See what happens.

 

Here is what happens every time I try it.

 

First, few will even speak to me unless I speak first and even then, I get the impression that they cannot get away from me quick enough.  After some time, I will be approached by bouncers and asked to speak with the owner of the club.  The owner always apologizes and asks me to leave, offering my cover charge back.  The last time this happened was at Festival City in Lake Charles, Louisiana.  The owner, Tony, said that he was afraid that he could not protect me and it would be best if I left.  I did.

 

Now, here is what you will learn from this if you are brave enough to try it.  (Of course, I hope you have a different experience, for I would like to think this is isolated to just a few places around the nation)  The first time I went to such a club, I was simply looking for a place where I could enjoy some old R & B, for I love the music (I love all music really).  I was rather nervous, as I was the only White man there.  There were White women, but no men.

 

However, what I learned was that the people there were more afraid of me than I of them…and I was greatly outnumbered.  Why?

 

Suspicion and lack of understanding.  People usually react with fear when they do not understand something.  They could not understand what this White guy was doing in their club…such things just did not happen.  The conclusion, as explained to me by Tony, was that many believed I was the law.  And since there was some illegal activity (Blunts were everywhere but none did share) they were understandably nervous.  It never occurred to them that I was there for the music and that ignorance created suspicion–which could have led to unnecessary violence, against me.

 

So be warned, if you do try this, be ready for anything.  Because you may not be as fortunate as I.

 

And for those who are going to make some bold claim that this would not happen in a White bar, think again.  Right down the road from Festival City is a club that most Black people in the area know to avoid.  The bigot rednecks will not complain to the management…they will just attack.

 

The fact is that we have a long way to go yet, but I really believe the first step is in ending the racist Drug War.  All it does is continue a climate of fear of each other.

 

If you want to know more about how this War is promoting racism in America, Read my book, The Cowards in Charge: “The Whole Problem is Really with the Blacks,” now at Amazon.

 

And be sure to read The Republican Party’s Assault on Black Communities if you want to understand how some are using race to secure power, to the destruction of us all.

 

 

 

 

The Republican Party’s Assault on Black Communities

I know this is going to ruffle feathers and at my age, I am no longer concerned.  I must speak the truth and show the facts,

Richard Nixon in Blackface

Racist Richard Nixon vows to stop crime and drugs with a return to “family values” and States Rights, winning the votes of Southern Democrats eager for a return to Jim Crow laws.

no matter where these lead.

I am a former Republican, having entered the Party during the reign of Ronald Reagan.  I was one of those who listened to the Great Communicator and was convinced that the nation needed to get control over fiscal policy and the problem of drugs in our society.  However, the 90s came along, Newt Gingrich started his “Contract with America,” and something strange happened.

Fiscal responsibility went out the window.

That got me to thinking…Why was the Republican Party, for all their talk of getting the debt under control, suddenly turning into the Party of spend-like-who-gives-a-crap-about-our-kids Party?  What changed?

Actually, nothing changed between Reagan and Gingrich.  As I began to dig into the evidence, I uncovered a sinister plot to gain power in Washington and in 2001, I wrote a book on the Drug War I titled, “Spineless:  How Weak Politician’s Have Botched the Drug War and How we can Still Win.”  However, given the political climate under George W. Bush and the so-called USA PATRIOT Act, I determined that the language was too strong and would need to be softened lest I be labeled a terrorist.  I became an Independent around that time and turned away from the GOP.

I still wondered why the Republican Party, long-known for fiscal conservatism and responsible government, suddenly changed, or appeared to do so.  Then I put the pieces together when I made the connection between Richard Nixon, the Drug War, fiscal policy, and the racial sentencing disparities in the Criminal Justice System, especially as it related to the Drug War.

What I found was that the GOP had not had any real power in Washington in over 30 years leading up to Nixon’s victory in 1968.  What I found was that Nixon gained his victory by currying favor with Southern Democrats, who were disgusted at the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the ensuing Voting Rights Act of 1965.  He won the election, but only because the vote was split by the Independent racist George McGovern.  However, by the next election cycle, Southern Democrats strongly supported Nixon.

They did this because racist Nixon cunningly promised them a return to the days of Jim Crow.  Did he keep his promise?

Indeed, by starting the Drug War, Nixon set in motion a plan that would suppress Black voters which would win over the racist Southern Democrats and give the GOP a strong base of support.  After Reagan, the south never voted Democrat again, for Reagan stepped up efforts to suppress Black communities by expanding the Drug War.  More to come on this, but suffice to say that the bigots in the “Party of Lincoln” were not content to use the power of economic suppression against only Blacks and have expanded that policy by driving the nation to near bankruptcy for their own selfish political gain.

If you would like to know more, read my book, The Cowards in Charge:  “The Whole Problem is Really with the Blacks” now on Amazon.  Through December 20, 2012, Amazon is giving away free copies, but only about 25 remain so act now.