Aug 142015
 

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by Alex Symington…….

If the American Civil War hadn’t happened back in 1860 does anyone out there believe it never would have happened and enslavement of Africans and their descendants would be ongoing to this day? If you answered, “yes” you may stop reading now and go back to your bunker with your guns and canned goods. The answer is, of course, it was inevitable. The economic engine of the southern “one percent” antebellum days of African slave labor was unsustainable and doomed by the combination of the northern industrial revolution and the simply untenable immoral institution that it was.

So my question is why are these clowns, both north and south, proudly waving Confederate flags as if the war never happened? As if the south won? Are they saying slavery was a good thing? Do they even think about what they are doing on the planet from one flaming racist thought to the next? How would Dylann Roof’s world view be enacted? Reality does not interest these Orcs.

To the rational mind there is no explaining the blind hate of and by people except to say it exists. I overheard a man in a coffee shop enthusiastically proclaim, “I’m a Trump man all the way!” Another asked him why and he said, “I like him because he is just saying what EVERYONE is thinking.” From what I have heard Trump say that isn’t necessarily a good thing unless you are a fellow xenophobic, racist misogynist. Sure, we all like and respect a person that isn’t afraid to say what’s on their mind, but one needs to listen to the content of their pronouncements before championing them.

Speaking of doubling down has anyone ever wondered what would have happened if Bill Clinton had just come out and said, “Yes, I had sex with that woman, in fact I am a very sexually active guy. I have a tough job and I need stress relief.” Do you think if he’d just been honest people would have been ok with his philandering? I mean, after all he was just doing what EVERYONE was doing or wanted to do. Right?

Ever wonder why a lot people that profess to be Christian and moral are neither. We have a new Pope in the Vatican pointing out that poor people around the world are suffering because hyper-capitalist behavior has turned human beings into a disposable commodity and the Pope is pointing out the obvious that that was never a tenet of Christ’s teachings. In fact he has come right out and said, “by itself the market cannot guarantee integral human development and social inclusion” and he also sees climate change for what it is; “The warming caused by huge consumption on the part of some rich countries has repercussions on the poorest areas of the world, especially Africa, where a rise in temperature, together with drought, has proved devastating for farming.”

What would Jesus do? Rape and pillage the planet as if we have a spare one lurking about? Deny the majority of people the basic necessities of life by commoditizing food and water so to maximize the income for a handful of elites? I don’t think so. Pope Francis may be the Church’s first truly Christian pope and the one percent does not like it. If you get right down to it Jesus was a Jewish socialist that thought love was the most important and powerful force in this world and beyond and as the Beatles said, it was “all you need.”

One more thought on Donald Trump, the right wing and the comic theater of the absurd that is presidential politics. As a victim of age, in the sense I remember a time when the American people would never ever have considered the soft bodied, combed-over, egomaniacal billionaire as a legitimate contender for the highest office in the land. However we live in a new culture where greed and money and celebrity and bling are worshipped and held in high regard. The love of money and contempt for the poor and weak and powerless have been nurtured and coaxed along to the point that we have lost all perspective and some of us are no longer able to make intelligent choices. Donald Trump?! Really?!

Trump is the monster we (along with FOX) created. I am no longer surprised by anything my fellow Americans say or do. It’s been a nice ride, but shy a serious revolution in thought and action the ride is almost over.

More From Other Sources:

http://www.salon.com/2015/08/10/the_donald_trump_effect_how_the_gops_conservative_principles_gave_way_to_racism_misogyny_and_infantile_rage/

http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/acts-of-faith/wp/2015/06/18/10-key-excerpts-from-pope-franciss-encyclical-on-the-environment/

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Alex Symington
Actively engaged human being distressed by the current global paradigm of destruction of the planet for short term profit by the global corporatocracy and the bovine reaction of the people most affected. I write essays and poetry in order to sleep at night.
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  32 Responses to “Random Thoughts and Questions”

  1. Keysbum, One out of Six? I agree, that is abhorrent, but compared to Latin America it is almost nirvana. Not to mention the fact that even those in our ghettos and rural poverty areas have perks almost all “campesinos” and urban poor in Latin America would swoon for — AC, maybe a car, a color TV, etc. I agree, there are many similarities, but it is, nevertheless, qualitatively different … by a wide margin. ciao, PCM

    • let’s see, the poverty rate in the U.S. is over 15% and rising, while the poverty rate in Brazil is 11% and falling.

      i am surprised that Post Consumer Man would equate material wealth with well being.

      we are different cultures with different needs. it’s like saying saying New Yorkers are poorer than Los Angelenos because most of them do not own cars, and just about all in LA do. different cultures, different needs.

  2. Keysbum, OK, let’s put it like this: the caloric intake of America’s poor, the housing of America’s poor, and other minimal perks of material life that even PCM deem necessary, are far superior in America than in most of Latin America. As for Brazil, I hope your figures are correct, but Brazil is home to some of the most violent, poor “favelas” in the world. Nasty shit, much worse than here. ciao, PCM

  3. Keysbum,

    An enfeebled self-analysis can trigger an exaggerated sense of self-importance. Thinking and writing something down, doesn’t make it true.

    Assessing the merits and scholarship of the ‘good old colonel’, is a matter of record. U.S. News & World Report has ranked West Point as #1, “Top Public Liberal Arts College” for 3 consecutive years. This is the institution where the ‘good old colonel’ is Professor and Head of the Department of History.

    It takes no thought, no consideration, no character and no talent to be a fault-finder; intent on discrediting the value and worth of an accomplished scholar, simply because their ideas and conclusions are dissimilar to the ones they hold.

    Affording another their do, based on the scholarly performance of their duties; even though their findings might contradict my positions; is the mark of a wise, poised and sensible individual.

    • John, I am overwhelmingly in agreement with your statements here with regard to the academic scholarship pertaining to the slavery issue and our Civil War. One must look in many different directions to unravel the meaning of what has happened in history, how it is interpreted, and what conclusions we come to. In this case, taking all evidence into consideration, I feel as if slavery had a substantial role in our Civil War, and believe Keysbum is being somewhat contrary here. But … one must also be wary of relying too much on publications like US News and World Report. They have their dog in this fight and are not always objective. Certainly, glorifying our most important military academy would not be difficult for them. But … all in all, I’m with you here. Great stuff

    • wow… the insults are flying today….

      did you watch the video that the dear colonel posted? he even states that slavery was not an issue in the war until after it was already under way. hence, to me, and my “enfeebled self-analysis” that means the war was not about slavery. he admits it himself. the dear colonel then goes on to praise the great morality of the boys in blue and showers them with praise for being so noble and righteous. i guess he forgot to mention that right after the civil war, these moral and humanistic “blue bellies,” “his army,” went out west and started the systematic extermination of the native americans. ooops….

      so we have a war that kills 600,000+ to “save” people, then go right out and slaughter other people; sort of destroys that whole “we care about people” thing, doesn’t it?

      c’mon Mr. Donnelly, your too intelligent to fall for this nonsense.

  4. Keysbum,

    No insults here. My previous comment to you is a statement of fact, applicable to anyone who habitually finds fault, complains, or objects; especially in a petty way, to issues that are by definition open for discussion and interpretation.

    After again reviewing the compelling video that you referenced, with all due respect Keysbum, I am bewildered, perplexed and dumfounded by your interpretation and assertion of what Professor Colonel Ty Seidule proffered during his presentation. I find it hard to believe that you’re unaware of your statements being off point.

    Here again, perhaps I’m off the beam, unable to grasp the meaning of what is before me.

    Keysbum, I’ve come to appreciate, value and look forward to your insights and perspectives, regarding an abundance of positions and information that you’ve brought to our attention.
    However, I’m afraid that your inflexibility and impassioned analysis of a particular historical event (civil war), of which there are not any ‘primary sources’; along with your resolute and steadfast criticism of any credible source, whom might disagree with your analysis; weakens and discredits your stature as an individual that can be relied upon to present a complete, comprehensive and exhaustive description; of all the details, divergent perspectives and evolving understandings that comprised our Civil War.

    I know of myself, I am nothing; incapable of performing to the high calling expected of me.

    I don’t want to be right or correct regarding our discussion on this matter. As an individual I am under construction. My commitment has been towards seeking and learning the truth, not to being consistent.

    For those who would like to view the video in question and make their own decision, it can be located via a browser insertion: “Was the Civil War fought over slavery?: Here’s the video”. It last 5 minutes and 38 seconds. It has been viewed by 6,317,658 individuals. The video I viewed was published on Aug. 11, 2015; at “Salon”.

    Keysbum, I’ve grown to admire and respect your intellectual capacity. I’ve contacted you concerning screen/plays and books that I’m writing.

    You, Ty Seidule, myself, Alex and Jerome; along with everyone involved in this discussion, are correct. We are all entitled to our assessments and views, as to the causes of the Civil War.

  5. at the 4 minute mark in the video the good colonel states that Lincoln started the war to keep the union together, and that slavery became paramount only later. now, i may not have a ph.d in history from ohio state, but that clearly says to me that even the good colonel admits slavery was not the cause of the civil war.

    prior to the civil war we were slaughtering mexicans to expand out west, and post civil war we were slaughtering indians to tame the west. so your argument is that in between, we became moral and righteous, and the plight of the african-american suddenly arose in the consciousness of poor, illiterate americans, into a cause celebre.

    right.

  6. Causes of the Civil War. This has been debated for 150 years. It is well documented why the states seceded. It is important to note that Lincoln was a railroad lawyer before he was President. The Northern Industrial Railroad Barons paid Lincoln’s campaign. The south paid most all of the taxes for the whole country at that time and most of that tax money went to the Railroad Barons to build railways for western expansion. It was taxation without representation. The south didn’t mind paying the taxes as long as they got something in return and they didn’t get anything in return. The Protective Tariffs were mentioned in the reasons why South Carolina seceded. I will use South Carolina because that’s where the war started. Seven million dollars was suppose to be appropriated by the Federal Government for the upkeep of the harbors and lighthouses. Not one red cent was sent to South Carolina. Yes slavery was mentioned and property rights were also. The south saw Lincoln as what he really was, “a man that was going to do everything he could for the Northern Railroad Barons and nothing for the south.”

    Lincoln was about empire and nothing but empire. Keeping the Union together and keeping those southern tax dollars flowing into the hands of the Northern Railroad Barons was more important than slavery.

    • ken burns is a film maker, not a research historian. he also makes his films for mainstream media outlets and of course follows the agenda that they have, which is of course the government/corporate one. sorry, not a credible source.

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