Tuesday, September 27, 2011
As of this week, I have over 14,000 of you. When I came to twitter to vent my political frustrations and promote causes I'm passionate about, I never dreamed I would get 1,000 followers, let alone 14,000. It is overwhelmingly refreshing to know that so many of you feel the same and that I am far from being alone. Even though it is impossible for me to thank and talk to each one of you individually, I am humbled and honored to have each and every one of you as followers. I may not be able to respond to you as much as I would like, but I know you are there and I hear you. I don't just do this for me anymore, I do this for us. Every one of you keep me going and inspire me to keep doing whatever it is that I'm doing. As long as your listening, I'll keep talking.
From the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU!
I don't mean to sound like a sappy cornball. I know it is just another social media site and I'm just some guy on the internet, but on the other side of the screen are real people with real voices. The internet can be a powerful thing, we are proving this. The internet allows us to connect from anywhere in this world to share our ideas and act upon them. We have more transparency and communication than ever before. We would be fools not to use this tool to make our voices heard and organize for action. From what I see, we are doing just that.
What I like about twitter the most is that, despite the occasional censoring, people make the conversation and report the news and not the corporate media. On twitter, people set the dialog and narrative, not political spin machines and cable news hosts. Some are famous, some not. Some are rich, some are poor. But on Twitter, we are all opinions presented in 140 characters or less.
As long as I'm on Twitter, I will use it to push facts over fear, love over hate, and humanity over corporatism. I have made mistakes and will make mistakes. I can be very brash and sometimes go overboard. This is a result of being human. I have offended many of you, but please know that this is not my goal. We may not always see completely eye to eye, but I am who I am and I believe what I believe and while I will apologize for comments made that even I admit were off the deep end, I will not apologize for who I am or what I believe in. Hopefully you wouldn't either.
With that being said, I want to hear more from you.
You all have been kind enough to follow, retweet, and recommend me to your friends. So I feel the least I can do is ask for your input and opinion. Basically, How am I doing? I want to hear from you.
Tell me if there is something you would like me to tweet about more or less? Do I tweet too much? Too little?
Is there an issue effecting your life personally or a local issue you would like me to spread awareness for?
I want your opinion. And don't be shy, let me have it if need be. You won't offend me. Constructive criticism is always welcome.
I can't promise that I'll meet every demand or be able to fulfill every request, but I will do my best.
No offense, but I am not looking to promote your business, music, product, or your account, but if you have a local or national issue, cause, or event you would like me to promote, I would be glad to help spread awareness if I can.
So let me know what's important to you and what you would like to see from me as we take over the world one tweet at a time.
I'm just some opinionated guy from the midwest who has a lot of great followers on twitter. I'm not a leader and I hold no power whatsoever. But thanks to all of you, I do feel that I have a voice and I want all my followers to feel the same. If no one else listens or cares, I will. I will hear you.
So once again thank you all! I can't say it enough. But you've heard enough from me, now I want to know what you have to say.
You can do this by leaving a message right here in the comment section of this post or in my messages on Twitter. Try to refrain from responding to this via a mention. It gets hard to keep track of them at times and I could lose it or not see it.
And if you have something to say, please say it. This is no time to be quiet.
Actually, I hope we're just getting started.
Be safe, live long, and keep fighting the good fight!
Sunday, September 11, 2011
By posting this, many of you on the right and even some of you on the left will accuse me of playing something called "The Race Card".
This is a term often used by conservatives when liberals bring up what we view to be racism coming from the right. They say we are using racism to try and smear them.
Basically, when they say or do something racist, they feel it is wrong for us to hold this against them and call them out on it. If we do, it's because we can't argue the facts and issues. They attempt to marginalize us as a group who cries racism at our political opponents as a motor reflex.
They spin it as hard as they can to make you appear like the crazy one for saying the R word. You're just another one of those pinko hippies who hates grown-ups and America. You'll understand when you get older.
It's like being sued by your rapist for slander.
They say that you are a racist for calling them racist. Even when they say undeniably racist things, if you call them on it, you are worse for bringing race into it... even though they did first...and then it gets confusing. The whole point is to confuse you.
Republicans never admit fault alone, they grab you on the way down and take you with them. They start the "both sides are wrong talk". If they hate anything more than President Obama, it's being wrong and knowing it.
But I don't care.
I'm not saying that all republicans are racist. This is a moronic notion and I know for a fact that not all republicans are racist like I know all muslims aren't terrorists.
What I'm saying is that racism exists on the right and drives their social agenda.
But I'll let you decide for yourself. I'm not going to play "The Race Card". I'm going to let republicans talk and you decide if the left is just being slanderous and paranoid, or if the right really does have and has always had a problem with diversity and race.
In 1980, Ronald Reagan told biographer Laurence Burrett the 1965 Voting Rights Act was a "Humiliation to the South"
"If an individual wants to discriminate against negroes or others in selling or renting his house, he has the right to do so" - Ronald Reagan, 1966
In 1980, Ronald Reagan said Confederate President Jefferson Davis was "A hero of mine"
Michele Bachmann Signed a Pledge that Stated "A black child born into slavery in 1860 was more likely to be raised by his mother and father in a two-parent household than was an African American baby born after the election of the USA's first African American President"
"I hate those gooks. I will hate them as long as I live" - John McCain
"Now I don't want to even be associated with Obama, it's like touching a tar baby" - GOP Rep. Doug Lamborn
"There are times when abortion is necessary. I know that. When you have a black and a white, or a rape" - Richard Nixon
"Hugo (Chaves) is a nice little Guatemalan man who is doing some painting for me" - GOP Senator Conrad Burns
"If you belong to an organization called La Raza, in this case, which in my point of view anyway, is nothing more than a Latino KKK without the hoods or the nooses" - Former GOP Congressmen Tom Tancredo
"Figure this out, Madame Speaker: We have a very, very urban Senator, Barack Obama, who has decided he's going to run for President, and what does he do? He introduces legislation to create a whole new Pigford claim" - GOP Rep. Steve King
"And Barack Obama says no. Well if human life is not a person then I find it almost remarkable for a black man to say 'now we are going to decide who are people and who are not people'" - GOP Presidential Candidate Rick Santorum
"And if private lunch counter owners want to prevent blacks from eating there, that's their right" - GOP Senator Rand Paul
"Do you have blacks, too?" - George W. Bush to Brazilian President Fernando Henrique Cardoso
"And so many of the people in the arena here, you know, were underprivileged anyway, so this-this (Slight Chuckle) is working very well for them" - Former First Lady Barbara Bush on Black Hurricane Katrina Victims
"I have been nervous about this interview with you because what I feel like saying is, 'Sir, prove to me that you are not working with our enemies'" - Glenn Beck to Muslim US Congressman Keith Ellison
And if expressing their racism vocally is not enough, they also use pictures to express their hatred for anything other than white culture.
Like this gem, mass emailed from top California Teaparty Leader Marilyn Davenport...
Or this lovely image from the Chaffey Community Republican Women...
And this classy image from Conservative activist Dr. David McKalip...
These pictures did not come from random people, they came from leaders of the teaparty and GOP. Immoral behavior breeds immoral behavior. When your leaders act like this, your followers will follow...
Ladies & Gentlemen, Meet the Teaparty...
I have a few questions... what does the teaparty mean when they say they want to take their country back? And who exactly do they want to take it back from? And why did it start when a black man became president?
The radical right also has other means of pushing their racist agenda. The Republicans that are racist but don't want to be seen as racist, or just know that it will ruin their chances of getting re-elected will use a different strategy.
This is where Birtherism comes in.
Birthers are a group of Republicans that do not believe Obama was born in America, but that he is a Kenyan citizen invading the US. This movement got stomped to the ground when Obama released his birth certificate. No other President in history has been forced to release their birth certificate to calm public speculation. No other president has been black.
Just think about it though, the Birther fad was a strategy to use Obama's race against him. To paint him as this foreign entity invading America, a country he doesn't belong to and knows nothing about. This was not just a Teaparty talking point. McCain/Palin ran on this notion of Birtherism in 2008 and that "Obama doesn't see America like you and I do".
Whether Obama was born in the US or not was never their concern. They know he was. The point was to convince their base that Obama is a foreigner and out of touch with American values.
There was also the notion that Obama had a gripe with white America and was out to punish them. That his goal was to enact white slavery through taxation. This was no real concern either. The right learned that the best way to thwart off claims of racism is to label your opponent as racist. This is what they do with Obama, the NAACP, Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, etc. They label any black group that opposes them as racist. They paint them as bitter black bigots who get paid to cry racism.
Remember when he went to speak at a school to give a "Stay in School" speech and the right freaked out and called it indoctrination of our youth? The White House had to release the speech transcript before the speech to show right-wing America that their children would be safe after Obama spoke. No children were brainwashed that day.
No other President in history has ever been accused of attempting to indoctrinate children by giving a speech at a school. All the other Presidents were white.
Then there's what I like to call the Teaparty Hit-man Squad.
Don't worry, these hit-men don't use guns. They use edited videos and slander.
In 2009, a video was released that appeared to show workers at ACORN helping a Halloween costume pimp and whore by giving them information on how to set up a brothel.
ACORN is a group of community organizers who help poor black people stay in their homes. They also helped Barack Obama win in 2008 by registering voters and GOTV work.
The right immediately claimed that ACORN was stealing the election for Obama through their voter registration efforts. It doesn't matter that not one account of voter fraud was reported or found, the meme stuck. The real problem was that ACORN helped bring out the poor black community for Obama and poor people voting is really, really bad for the GOP. This had to be stopped.
So when this edited video came out that made it seem like ACORN workers were helping people dodge taxes for illegal brothels and showed a woman talking about killing her husband, the right used it as an atomic bomb. Of course Democrats didn't question it and standing up to the GOP is a big no-no. So ACORN was defunded and fell shortly after.
If congress and the President would have took a deep breath and did a little research, they would have found that they have been had. This video was clearly edited and no evidence of ACORN doing anything illegal has ever been proven.
The reality was that most of the workers filmed by Conservative hack-journalist with editing software, James O'keefe thought it was all a big joke. I mean, wouldn't you? Does this look like a real pimp to you?
A real-life actual pimp would pimp-smack this guy, take his money, and tell him to get back on the corner. No one would take him seriously, including the employees at ACORN. This didn't matter though, all O'Keefe had to do was go home and edit a video to feed to a party hungry for anything to justify their racist point of view.
If I film you for long enough, I can manipulate a video to make you sound like anything I want you to, or just use tidbits of what you say against you. This is what hack-journalist and tabloid magazines do. This is what con-artists do.
Which brings me to Andrew Breitbart.
Breitbart runs BigGovernment.com (Yes. This site is a mock site but I actually bother with facts). Breitbart is really good friends with James O'Keefe. He even stood by him when he broke into Senator Mary Landrieu's office in an attempt to tap her phone. Which is illegal.
Breitbart was also the first to report the ACORN hoax. He then moved on to Georgia State Director of Rural Development for the United States Department of Agriculture, Shirley Sherrod. Breitbart used the same method of editing a video to say what he wants it to and pinned Sherrod as a black government employee who hated white farmers.
What Breitbart does is very simple. In fact, it takes absolutely no talent at all.
Here is the video Breitbart released to paint Sherrod as a racist...
Now here's the 40 minute video he edited 3 minutes of footage from...
This was a smear job. Another attempt to take out black people who hold power in government.
Breitbart didn't have the luck he had when he falsely accused ACORN of illegal events. Sherrod did lose her job for doing absolutely nothing wrong, but she is currently suing Breibart.
And if you're still not convinced, let's hear from the white farmers that Sherrod discriminated against according to Breitbart...
My point is that the right, in their attempt to prove to you that black America is dangerous and racist against whites, will go to any means to succeed in this message. To prove to you that they are not the racists, but that black groups are, they will make fake videos and flaunt them all over their outlets. They don't care if it's real or not. The point is to make you fear and hate black America so you'll run to them to protect you.
They know it is politically unpopular to be identified as racist. This is why they play these games. If they can convince white American that black America is racist and out to punish them, they can sit back and look like the victims instead of the aggressors. You can see this strategy when teabaggers talk about Obam enacting "White Slavery" or when they talk about "Reparations" or when Glenn Beck says things like "He (Obama) has a deep seeded hatred for white America and white culture".
By the way, I wonder what Obama's white mother and grandmother thought about his rampant racism against white America?
Then there's some Republicans who don't mind wearing the racist pin. They don't care if you know it. There's one who says so many racist things I had to give him his own section in this post. He has around 20 million listeners a day, conservative politicians love and fear him, and no republicans in congress ever condem or deny him.
Ladies and Gentlemen.... Rush Limbaugh...
"Have you ever noticed how all composite pictures of wanted criminals resemble Jesse Jackson?"
"The NFL all too often looks like a game between the Bloods and the Crips without any weapons"
"The NAACP should have riot rehearsal. They should get a liquor store and practice robberies"
"They're (Blacks) 12 percent of the population, who cares?"
"(To an African American female caller) "Take that bone out of your nose and call me back"
Repeatedly plays a song of his show titled "Barack the Magic Negro"
Has called Obama a "Halfrican American"
"We need segregated buses...this is Obama's America"
"Obama's entire economic program is reparations"
"Colin Powell will vote for Obama. Melanin is thicker than water"
And there's many more where this came from... Just Google it!
Rush Limbaugh has been called the voice of the Republican Party. 20 million listeners a day is nothing to shrug at. Although many on the right will brush this behavior off, saying that he is just a radio host and he doesn't speak for the GOP. Even though GOP congressman and governors are on his show all the time, conservatives will say that he's "just some guy" when he shows his true racist colors on an almost daily basis.
And another thing that bothers me...
What is the rights obsession with the confederacy?
I know you've seen it too. Cars with confederate flags, mostly next to an old McCain/Palin sticker. You've seen confederate flags at numerous teaparty rallies. It's a symbol the right holds proudly. I'd like to think they don't know any better or are just uninformed like usual, but they know exactly what the confederate flag means and stands for. We all learned about this in grade school.
Incase you don't know, the confederacy was the South during the civil war. Yes, the side that fought FOR slavery.
Why is this celebrated on the right? I understand recalling things like the confederacy and Nazi Germany in a historical sense, to bring attention to these horrible times in history so they never happen again, but this is not in the same context. They are calling for the south to rise again. They long for the confederacy.
While I find it very sad, it doesn't shock me that the teaparty supports the slave owning confederate south. What does somewhat shock me is the fact that several prominent GOP politicians openly support a movement which fought and died for the right to own black people as slaves.
Like when Virginia GOP Governor Bob McDonnell made the month of April "Confederate History Month" in Virginia.
Or when Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour refused to condemn a proposed state license plate to honor Nathan Bedford Forrest, a confederate general and former KKK leader.
These incidences are not from back when, they both happened within the past 2 years.
Another example of what I feel is racism within the Republicans party, I'd like to introduce you to a man named David Duke.
David Duke is a former KKK Grand Wizard. A top dog. A leader of racist.
Duke has been leading the charge against non-whites & non-christians since 1974. However, being a professional racist was not enough for the ambitious white supremacist. He soon decided he wanted to get into politics. Lovely.
There's no need to worry though, there is no way a former KKK leader could be elected in the United States of America... right?
Duke ran in 1975 for the Louisiana State Senate as a Democrat and failed.
Duke ran again in 1988 for the Presidency as a Democrat and failed.
Democrats overwhelmingly did not want to elect a racist. Duke never made it our of a primary as a Democrat. I'm really not sure what he was thinking there...
Then in 1989, Duke ran for the Louisiana House, this time as a Republican.
And guess what... he won.
Louisiana Democrats wanted nothing to do with Duke. Louisiana Republicans welcomed him with open arms.
The good news here is that Duke has not been successful since.
The bad news is that Duke has found a new pocket of support in the teaparty. Thousands of teaparty supporters have urged him to run for President in 2012.
If he did run for President, maybe he could get Kentucky GOP Senator Rand Paul to stump for him. After all, Rand does owe him a favor. Duke donated over $2,000 to Rand Paul's 2010 campaign.
I wonder if Paul's views on allowing businesses to racially discriminate had anything to do with it?
Another one of Rand Paul's contributors in 2010 was a group called Stormfront.
Stormfront is a proud white nationalist group that is heavily entwined with the Republican Party.
Stormfront has also donated to Rand's father, Texas Congressman Ron Raul.
Actually, Stormfront and the Republican Party are so close that the Florida Republican Party made the founder of Stormfront's 19 year-old son their party committeeman.
In closing, I'll repeat myself. I do not thing all conservatives are racist. I do think that racism exists within the Republican Party where it is openly tolerated and defended.
The Republican Party as a whole could purge these groups if they wanted to. They could wipe their hands clean of them and have nothing to do with them. They could not take their money, they could condemn Rush Limbaugh, they could denounce birtherism, they could kick David Duke out of the party, they could tell their teaparty base to knock it off with the racist signs. They could do a lot of things, but they don't.
They allow the racist wing of their party to exist. They use them when they need them or when they help, but when they slip up and let their racism shows enough to piss off the general public, they back away.
Many may not fully support the views of the hardcore racists in their party, but many do sympathize with them. They feel that minorities are out to get them, suck up their tax dollars, and destroy white culture. They may not really hate people different from themselves, but they do feel threatened by them and what they will do to the country they love.
If you happen to be a white conservative reading this, I want you to do me a favor.
I want you to sit back and imagine that African Americans have been the majority of the population and the ones in charge of America since it's founding. Imagine if after centuries of African American Presidents, a white man won the Presidency.
Now imagine if black people all over America started protesting him for things they let black president after black president get away with, but NOW it's a problem. Imagine if they accused him of not being born in America, and therefore not an American. Something they never accused a black president of ever in history.
Imagine that they gathered in the streets and chanted things like "We've come to take our country back" and held up signs showing this white president with pictures of Wonder Bread and crackers.
How do you think this would be perceived? How do you think whites would translate this?
Fox "News" would explode in excitement. If you don't believe me, just recall how they freaked out over 3 black guys who hung out and harassed people in front of polling locations, calling themselves "the New Black Panther Party".
There were literally 3 of them and Fox "News" acted like the whole African American community was lashing out at white America to protect their militant leader Barack Obama.
Was "The New Black Panther Party" of 3 in the right for doing what they did? Of course not, but this is exactly what I'm talking about. The "scary minorities" meme that will forever exist on the right. Teaparty groups did the same thing but worse and Fox never said a word. Do I have to tell you what the difference was and why one story got covered and another didn't? I think you know.
The Republican Party could end this stigma anytime it wants to. They could purge the racist wing of their party anytime and no rational American would blame them for it.
In my opinion, the right knows that being racist is not popular in a growingly diverse America. They cannot just come out and say it. They have their means of doing it without saying it. They never will admit to it unless the American pubic is on their side. Since this will never happen, they have to scare you. They have to make you afraid of them and say "look, it's not us, it's them!". Other times they just stay quiet and let the racist radicals in their party do the talking for them.
The only thing that's more disturbing than the racism that exists on the right is that fact that they do nothing about it. I'm not sure what's worse, what they do or what they don't do.
It just amazes me that a party that can't bare to muster up the tolerance to accept Muslims, Hispanics, Gays, and Minorities as being just as much Americans as white Christians can easily and effortlessly tolerate the racists that exist in their party and will eventually be their ultimate downfall.