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YOU’VE GOT TO BE CAREFULLY TAUGHT

On Saturday, August 12, 2017, white supremecists held a rally in Charlottesville, Va., ostensibly to protest the proposed removal of a statue of known traitor to America Robert E. Lee from a public park. The rally turned violent as the rallyers attacked counter-protesters opposed to their racist views, beating several up and using pepper spray on others. It culminated in one of their evil ilk ramming a group of the moral counter-demonstrators with his souped up car, killing one woman and injuring more. The young fucker arrested is only twenty years old.
How the hell could such a young person develop hatred for non-whites and Jews and others who cannot lay claim to being white males?
Now the term often applied to these racist monsters who believe the color of their skin is superior to all others is white supremacy. That designation is meant to distinguish these ignorant bastards from the standard right-leaning conservatives, assuming any really still exist. However, white supremacy is a misnomer since the movement is actually ALL WRONG.
Its adherents spuriously allege white males are discriminated against and oppressed because other people who not share that description seek to ensure they have the same rights and opportunities that white males are always privileged to enjoy.
I myself am a white male with 70 years experience…and counting…and I have never experienced discrimination or oppression as a consequence of my gender and complexion.
You’ve got to be carefully taught.
The great Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, South Pacific was based on Michener’s collection of tales about World War II stories he heard about the South Pacific, most especially one involving racism. An American Navy officer falls in love with a native girl but, fearing she would not fit in with his upper class WHITE Philadelphia mainline family, he does not marry her and is then killed in action.
Looking at his own prejudices he sings “You’ve Got To Be Carefully Taught” which highlights the fact that people are not born with racial hate in their hearts.
Complete lyrics.
You’ve got to be taught to hate and fear
You’ve got to be taught from year to year
It’s got to be drummed in your dear little ear
You’ve got to be carefully taught
You’ve got to be taught to be afraid
Of people whose eyes are oddly made
And people whose skin is a diff’rent shade
You’ve got to be carefully taught
You’ve got to be taught before it’s too late
Before you are six or seven or eight
To hate all the people your relatives hate
You’ve got to be carefully taught
That seems a logical place to look for the source of the young driver’s actions, both in attending the rally in the first place then in his wanton, terroristic attack. Great numbers of his cohorts are also young men.
But a prime example of this principle is Dear Leader Drumpf. His father Fred was a known racist long before asshole son hit the scene, though there is no known proof he was a KKK member despite numerous memes I’ve seen.
However, legendary folk singer Woody Guthrie lived in one of Fred, Drumpf’s aprtment complexes, Beach Haven, for a couple of years beginning in December 1950. “Bitch Havens” was what Woody Guthrie called the Drumpf complex he moved into, and was horrified by this exclusively white “JimCrow town.”
So upset was Guthrie that he wrote a poem:
“I suppose/Old Man Drumpf knows/Just how much/Racial Hate/he stirred up/In the bloodpot of human hearts/When he drawed/That color line/Here at his/1800 family project.”
Years later those words were put to music.
When the DOJ sued Fred and son for violating the Fair Housing Act by racial profiling, Beach Haven was one of the properties cited. At the time The Donald declared the suit was “reverse discrimination” (Sound familiar, Charlottesville Nazis?)
Of course Drumpf, ever the fighter, signed a consent decree with DOJ. Didn’t stop him. In 1982 class action suits were instituted against other of his properties (though Fred was the only one sued by name)
Again that case was settled with damages paid to the discriminated against potential tenants (Other companies were defendants, too. It was a group settlement.).
“Workers at Drumpf’s casinos in Atlantic City, New Jersey, have accused him of racism over the years. The New Jersey Casino Control Commission fined the Drumpf Plaza Hotel and Casino $200,000 in 1992 because managers would remove African-American card dealers at the request of a certain big-spending gambler. A state appeals court upheld the fine.”
That article also describes other instances demonstrating Drumpf’s racism including his appointment of racist swamp creatuers such as Steve Bannon to his administration.
How on earth did Drumpf become such a racist who supports white supremecists who love him?
He was carfeully taught.
Thanks, Fred.

MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN? THIS ELECTION SEASON I’D SETTLE FOR MEDIOCRITY.

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Earlier today I blew up on Facebook. I called friends who generally share my views stupid and those who don’t stupider. Much of my heartfelt enmity is the result of the rise of Drumpf.

Why do I refer to him as Drumpf? You can thank John Oliver for that.

Immediately after my viewing of this episode I downloaded the Chrome extension that converts Drumpf to Drumpf (I have found I can’t even type the actual name here without it undergoing the transformation) on stories in my browser. It is one small consolation to see this at work in the headlines and stories I see on Slate, Huffington Post, Rolling Stone, and elsewhere, even on sites that lean farther right.

I deplore the lowlghts from all the 2016 campaigns. Our Presidential  electoral process is in the gutter, dragged there by Drumpf who has been joyfully joined there by Marco Rubio  who questions the size of Drumpf’s penis; by Ted Cruz simply being Ted Cruz; by Jeb Bush forced to defend charges of being a mommy’s boy; by Ben Carson, who fell in while sleep walking; by John Kasich, who destroyed any possible claims of being a moderate by defunding Planned Parenthood; and by the millions of presumably sentient human beings who listen to all the crazy talk about immigrants and an out of control government who couldn’t pass a U.S. citizenship/civics test if it were an open book exam and the original Declaration of  Independence and Constitution were splayed in front of them.

Holding them hostage there are David Duke and the Ku Klux Klan and other white supremicist groups armed to the teeth courtesy of the National Rifle Association, crazed Evangelicals who believe Drumpf somehow possesses better Christian bona fides than the Pope when The Donald is probably more likely to provide a quote from a Smokey Stover comic book than from II Corinthians when asked about his favorite Bible passage.

Let us not forget the Secret Srvice which somehow has improved its training to the point that a reporter who wanders 10 inches outside the designated journalist area at a Drumpf rally is strong armed when only a few months ago intruders inside the White House grounds stole President Obama‘s favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe before being hustled to the requisite nearby mental hospital for observation.

Oh I’m not forgetting the Democrats. Their participation is in somewhat shallower waters near the curb cutouts that allow wheelchair crossing rather than in the middle of the block, but where the H2O is equally putrid. This time it is not so much the candidates themselves…Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton …hurling invectives at each other so much as it is the so-called BernieBros who have been accused of ugly misogynistic characterizations of the other camp while feminist icons Like Gloria Steinem, though using politer language, are equally sexist in how they portray young female Sanders enthusiasts.

And from these nominal Progressives come the enabling threats to withold their vote from the nominee should he or she not be the one they love to death at this moment. Enabling threats because by doing so they will practically guarantee that our next President will have a bulbous red nose, bizarre multi-colored makeup, a fright wig,  and will be making nonsense noises as he struts around the circus ring. Of course all but Drumpf will need to be fitted for this outfit.

Accompanying this flotsam down the gutter where it will eventually empty into the stream that will make the water supply of Flint, Michigan seem utterly pristine by comparison are various pundits, analysts, economic gurus, and the like offering opinions that may be parsley, rosemary, or thyme, but most certainly not sage.

Perhaps the only good that is coming from this is Spotlight. No, not the latest Oscar winning film but the harsh relentless glare focused on the entire Presidential nominating process that places premiums on a candidacy that begins within weeks after the prior election and is fueled by endless speculation, pollmongering profiteers, the need to fill cable TV news with anything but substance, and the proliferation of web sites whose sole purpose is to promulgate lies, denigrate anyone with opinions different from theirs, and disregard anything remotely likely to benefit the America they all profess to love but which they incessantly subject to virtual domestic violence while declaring their fealty between bruising blows.

Super Tuesday is an agglomeration of primaries in states and American Samoa which would be significant just for the sheer numbers of opportunities for voters to express their choices were it not for the media telling us that the issues have been decided by the primaries/caucuses already consigned to history in Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada, and South Carolina and whch have a combined poulation dwarfed by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania whose own 2016 primary is not until April 26, a date by which the names of many former candidates will be not even a memory and which may represent only the merest possibility of ultimate success to the horses (asses) still in the race.

All this makes the Swiftboating of John Kerry in 2004 look more like the highest level of forensic debate by comparison.

Oh, hell. I’ll admit it. I, too have awkwardly stepped off the curb and fallen into the slime. But the murky waters are deep and I really can’t swim so I am about to drown in this torrent I am now a part of.

In splashing around for survival I might occasionally send splurges of nastiness into the open mouths of others, but they were there first voluntarily.