Sunday, August 20, 2017

Sunday Morning Thoughts 8/20/17

It has been a tumultuous week, with riots, police shooting, terrorist attacks, and political opinions spinning wildly out of control.  The current “cause celeb” is the removal of monuments recognizing the Confederacy and (mostly) the generals who fought the war.  Liberal establishments are also taking steps to purge the names of slave owners/white supremacists from their institutions (e.g. Yale’s renaming of its Calhoun College).
What distant cities, or Ivy League institutions, do with statuary or names recognizing past contributions isn’t something I lose a lot of sleep over.  The people they commemorate are long dead and beyond caring.  For the most part their only visitors are the pigeons or the students who really didn't know how the name came to be.  I find it pretty funny how this political football has become such a hot topic, with the politicians and their supporters justifying the actions because of how offensive these are to an entire race.  The counter point, made by the opposition is “if these were so offensive why didn’t they all come down during the past administrations term?” I am willing to bet 99% of the race that is supposed to be offended has never given a minutes thought about the statues or the names of various colleges.  It is only the vocal 1% that has chosen to make this an issue, and not because they are historically offended, but because of they see it as a way to attack the President, and gain power for themselves.
So, this is what politics has become, act and counter-act, anger and counter-anger.  Anger and violence fanned by a media that supports one side of the story and a President who has created a persona that encourages the anger that flows from his opponents, both in and out his own party.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Today's Question

Why Do Hate Groups Exist?
Perhaps the more important question is why does hate exist?  That is a question mankind has struggled with for our entire existence.  If you have a good answer I am sure the world would love to hear it.  I know I don’t, but I do know greed, envy, vice, and hate have existed since the beginnings of our humanity.  One of the first stories in the Old Testament is Cain’s killing of his brother Able.
I am pretty sure creating alternative hate (alt-hate) groups is not likely to end this unfortunate human trait, for these alt-hate groups will just fuel hate for a slightly different reason.
Also, no matter what the government attempts to do, these groups will not cease to exist.  The human spirit, for better or worse, will find ways to take these movements underground even deeper than they now are.  Acknowledging Godwin’s law, we have only to look at the original Nazi’s and their attempts to crush resistance groups both in Germany-Austria, and the conquered lands.  The government simply cannot put enough laws in place, or lawman to enforce them to prevent their existence. 
Until we find a way to end hate; these groups will exist.  If we, especially our politicians and celebrity leaders, were to universally condemn hate groups, in all their forms, perhaps we might reduce them, but as long as some believe their violent groups are okay, and it’s just the other side that is evil, then the hate will go on.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Just a Little Encouragement, That's All

If you support, and encourage, one form of anti-social protest through your silence, you support and encourage all forms of anti-social protest. 

If your political party supports, and encourages, one form of anti-democratic behavior, it supports and encourages all forms of anti-democratic behavior, even that which it abhors, for it only abhors it because it doesn't think it can control it. 

Sunday, August 13, 2017

And It Begins

We have begun the second civil war, brought on by an intolerance to divergent views, and a continuing rhetoric of hate.  This war will escalate for neither political party will be willing to step back from the edge, and each side will see the other as evil.  The media, who wins in this conflict, will continue to fan the flames of intolerance and hate seeking an escalation of conflict to increase their profits. 

Friday, August 11, 2017

The Wit and Wisdom of Neville Chamberlin (and Maxine Waters)

 We should seek by all means in our power to avoid war, by analysing possible causes, by trying to remove them, by discussion in a spirit of collaboration and good will.”

“I want us to be very careful, very alert to what is happening and to avoid war. I think we can do this with some diplomacy…”

“How horrible, fantastic, incredible, it is that we should be digging trenches and trying on gas-masks here because of a quarrel in a faraway country between people of whom we know nothing.”

“This is something that we should be very concerned about, but this is not the time to go bluffing and threatening. This is a time for a diplomacy,”

“I think there’s some things that they want from us, and we have to find out whether or not we can work with them on the things that they’re asking for,”

Thursday, August 10, 2017

A Short Story (part 9 - post script)

Home Again
He felt the hot breath of the bison, heard the beating of its hooves, tasted the dust it kicked before it and closed his eyes as he pushed the return on his machine.  His heart was racing at almost 200 beats a minute as he stood in the middle of his living room.  It was quiet, but it took his brain some moments to register the fact he was not dead.  He had not been trampled by the herd.
Tom slowly came back to the present, the world, his world of 2222, and worked to calm his breathing and his heart.  He knew his grand adventure was over, for although he could start over with the preparation and planning he had learned an important lesson.
While he had wide-open space before him, he was never truly alone.  The beauty of nature, with its vast expanse, crystal clear nights, and distant sounds filled the space with a peace and majesty unmatched by any human construction.  But even in the quietest of solitude there was something that provided the comfort of companionship.  He couldn’t quite put his finger on what that was, he had never been a religious man, but there in the open space of the plains, with only his horse and the two mules to keep him company he found companionship that silenced the fears and troubles of his soul.
Tom sat for a long time considering this revelation and tried to decide his next move.  Would he choose a new time and place to explore, or would he begin to explore himself, to see if he could understand that companion he found in the plains of the mid-west?

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

I'd Rather be a Hammer...

No One Wants Equality
Look around society.  We see demands for equality, but really, no one wants equality.  Everyone wants to be on top, and if they can’t be on top the next best thing is to be a victim. 
Can anyone show me an ‘ism that isn’t arguing for their superiority or victimhood status in the media?  Everyone wants to tell everyone else how to behave or think, disagreement will not be tolerated and when independent thought does occur it creates outraged victims.
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