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.

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 Right to Bear Arms…But By Whom?

The Second Amendment states,

“A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.”

For years, I have been a staunch advocate of the right of the people to keep weapons against the possibility of Government infringement of rights, but recently, I had an epiphany.  In watching an episode of The Young Turks on

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Youtube, I was reminded of something which I had forgotten.  So I had to reread the 2nd Amendment and think back to the time when I served in the National Guard.

Prior to joining the National Guard, I had studied in High School about the State Militias, the Minutemen, who fought the Revolutionary War.  In studying the arguments in the Continental Congress in drafting the Bill of Rights, those men recalled the time when King George sought to disarm the colonies, which made it difficult for those colonies to fight the Revolution.  In fact, were it not for the French in supplying the colonies, they surely would have lost the struggle.

So they ratified the 2nd Amendment to protect the States from potential tyranny from the new centrally structured Federal Government created by the Constitution.

In that Youtube video, producer Steve Oh, made an observation that I had forgotten.  Prior to the rise of the NRA in 1977, Americans understood this amendment to apply to the States.  That is, just as I had learned, the 2nd Amendment protected the rights of the STATES (which, at that time, were independent countries bound by a Constitution–which simply is a contract) to maintain their own militia as they saw fit.

Has the Right to Bear Arms been Infringed in any way?

Certainly not, for every Governor of every State has a “well armed militia” known as the National Guard.  Even though the regular Army guys would often deride us as “weekend warriors,” I was proud to serve as a modern Minuteman.  I was part of a proud tradition–the “well armed militia” spoken of in the 2nd Amendment.

The recent shootings at the Sandy Hook Elementary School along with James Holmes in Colorado among others, has recently brought the issue of gun control back into the National spotlight.  Although I believed in private gun rights, I was having a difficult time reconciling this belief with the facts surrounding the violence in which we face.  To be clear, I do not believe that the removal of guns from private citizens will solve the underlying issues that are resulting in these crimes, but is will stop the needless killing.

What are the underlying causes of these shootings?

That is why this blog is appearing here.

As I dig deeper and deeper into the lust for Power displayed by the Republican Party, I am growing more and more disturbed.  Indeed, I understand that one of the fundamental needs of humans is a need to control one’s own destiny, that is, we all have a need for control, or power, over our own lives.

The Drug War has stripped many of that control.  The constant drumming of claims of rising crime rates (even when these drop) by the GOP and Republican-led media arms, continues to foster a climate of fear.  The continued cry of the NRA and the GOP that unless we all have weapons, we need to fear our Government is only adding to that climate.

What is the Natural Reaction to Fear and Powerlessness?

These insidious men and women who continue to spread this fear know very well how to retain their power, which is what this is all about…spread fear.  People will make any compromise and go to any lengths when they are in fear of losing their freedom…their freewill.  But this Party, CLAIMING to serve God, are bent on doing something even God himself does not do…strip the public of freewill.  They do this to retain power.

But the jig is up.  People are beginning to wake up to the fact that starting with Nixon, continued by Reagan, and the rest of the so-called “leaders’ of the GOP, all their lies and blatant disregard for facts are nothing more than efforts to cheat the American people of the Government which they deserve.

I am getting the impression that this shift in beliefs about weapons rights is just another part of the Republican strategy to control America.

If you pay attention, you will see that more often than not, those who strike out violently in this way are either Republicans or Conservatives.  This is because these are the people listening to the bile coming from Fox “News” every day that they need to fear the Government, the foreigners, and even their own families.  Fear is promoted at every turn and fear always results in heinous activities.

Even if Congress were to ban all weapons from individual citizens today, the States will still have their militias and as such, the 2nd Amendment will have not “infringed” on anyone’s rights.  As it stands currently, the higher right to life is certainly being infringed upon by those listening to this fear-mongering bile spewing from the mouths of Republicans.

Isn’t it about time we grow a set of balls in this nation and stop listening to those liars and naysayers?

Isn’t it about time we learn to have faith in the Great American Experiment started over 200 years ago?

Isn’t it about time we stop fearing our Government, those who are different, and each other?

Isn’t it about time we stop the Drug War that is continuing this climate of fear by pitting our African-American brothers and sisters against the rest?

Isn’t it about time?

If you would like to know more about how the GOP starting with Nixon and Reagan is fostering fear through the cunning use of the Drug War and War on Crime, read The Cowards in Charge: “The Whole Problem is Really with the Blacks” now on Amazon.  Just follow the link in the title above.  And until December 20, 2012, Amazon is giving away free copies, but hurry, I just checked and there are only 27 Free copies remaining.

Read more about the Republican Party’s assault on Black Communities.

Read how Reagan cunningly won the hearts of racist Southern Democrats to gain power through fear.