Saturday, July 11, 2015

 
WITHOUT DISSENT THIS COUNTRY WOULD NOT BE A PRODUCTIVE SUPERPOWER

You cannot grow without change.  To listen to the fake conservatives in this country history is a myth, and everything today is exactly as it was 10,000 years ago.

Let's begin with some levity.



I begin with this levity because people just make up history and facts to go along to support their own ignorance.

There is not a woman raised under Western values who would tolerate a Biblical marriage.  They may say otherwise, but that is because they have no idea what a Biblical marriage really is.

We condemn polygamists for marriages which were sanctioned in the Bible  - so please move on.

ANGER AND DISSENT

Our anger with one another has been getting worse and worse for some 20 years.  We do not have rational leaders, politicians, or news media commentators to promote and defend the dissent while moderating it.  We must find respectable ways to validate all honest dissent, while holding our ground. [ I concede honest dissent is a subjective idea]

This is the moment which lead to the War Between the States. [Remember I received all of my kinder through 12th grade education in one school district on Long Island - the North.  I was in Junior High when all of a sudden the text books changed the term "War Between the States" to the "Civil War."  I can find no history as to what caused this change in terminology, but for me it remains important.]

If as the Supreme Court found in Texas v. White the south never legally seceded, then the war was between the States.

Our understanding of words and concepts changes over time.  In the UK, "I just smoked a fag" does not mean the same thing as here.  Women are no longer chattels.  Children can divorce their parents.

 
Some years ago while remodeling one of the old court houses in Dallas, a whites only plaque was found over a water fountain.    The self anointed black leadership demanded it be taken down and destroyed.
 
Historians like myself said no.  The historians won, and now children and visitors get to go to the court house to see the truth and maybe just maybe feel the indignity of what it was like to be a black person in the courthouse seeking justice.  It is a visual lesson no textbook could ever teach.
 
 
COULD YOU IMAGINE IF THE GERMANS WERE TO SUGGEST DESTROYING AUSCHWITZ BECAUSE OF THE HATE IT REPRESENTS?
 
The western world would be in an uproar.  When we seek to destroy our history by taking it down, we are also destroying the history of dissent which made us the nation we are today.

I get the confederate flag has been used to promoted bigotry, and outright murder.  But to pretend it is not an intricate part of our history is to dismiss those who then in 1861 and now, see it as a symbol of freedom.

We see our American flag as freedom, but trust me, there may come a time we will debate our flag because history will record it as the flag which flew over the atomic bombing of Japan twice, the near destruction of Germany through aerial bombing, and the bombing of Hanoi without any regard for how many innocent women and children died.   People will forget the Star Spangled Banner, which is how I see the Flag.  Just because some people will see it in a negative light, does not make it a negative light. 

SILENCING ALTERNATIVE VOICES ONLY EMPOWER THOSE WHO SEEK TO DIVIDE AND WEAKEN US

Times are different.  When hotels and restaurants refused to serve non-whites, we needed national laws to force the issue.  There were limited options at the time.  This is important.

I fully support every business refusing to provide wedding services to gay and lesbian couples.  On this issue there is no need for protection.  We have so many other options. To force ourselves on these business and destroy them only make us look vindictive. This is not like when non-whites had few options.

Although I like Chick-Fil-A's waffle fries, I will never spend a penny there because of their discriminatory policies.  I do not want to shut them down.  I just want to know they oppose my equality so I do not spend money at their establishment.  The same for Hobby Lobby - I have choices.

I also believe in today's free market economy, over time these businesses will come around as they learn how much money they are losing. 

I LOVE DONALD TRUMP

He speaks his mind.  I have enough confidence in the American people that in the end they will reject him.  But let the American people reject him, and not the moronic press.  Just report his comments and let the people decide.  Donald Trump is doing a lot for equality - he is reminding us we still have a problem and he will end up organizing the left to vote.  Sometimes I think Bill Clinton is paying Donald Trump.

WHILE HOLDING ON TO OUR CORE VALUES OF EQUALITY, WE MUST FIND A WAY TO ACCOMMODATE DISSENTING OPINIONS

These claims to impeach the Supreme Court - to ignore their rulings - for secession - the oldest modern movement I believe is in Vermont BTW - , endless bizarre claims against the Obamas, Clintons are hurting this country.  This got you mentality has to end. 

When Senator Trent Lott made an innocent comment at Strom Thurmond's 100th birthday party his career ended. ""When Strom Thurmond ran for president, we voted for him. We’re proud of it. And if the rest of the country had followed our lead, we wouldn't have had all these problems over the years, either."[

Senator Lott was caught up in the moment of a fellow Senator's 100th birthday.  The comment meant nothing, but the press ran with it as a caught you moment.  This type nonsense does not promote intelligent discourse.

THE DEMOCRATS ARE A BIG PART OF THE PROBLEM

They have yet to argue through the voice of some of he most prominent economists the economic impact deporting 10 million people would have on our economy.  We can validate the concerns of those opposed to amnesty, [they are not all racists] while also asking "are you willing to live with the devastating impact on our economy?"  It's called discourse.  Dismissing dissent only makes the dissent stronger.  We must learn to engage one another, first on common ground.  I would think a strong vibrant economy is a common ground. Many will reject the economic argument outright - fine - but many will understand it and be more willing to support a common ground.

THE REPUBLICANS ARE FULL OF IT

President Obama has prioritized using limited federal resources to first deport criminals, and then law abiding undocumented workers.  There is not enough money to do both.  And what do the Republicans do, they run to court and say no - and then complain when a undocumented criminal kills an innocent woman. 

We must have the honest conversation - there is only so much money.  I have been arguing for years letting rapists and other criminals out of our jails to deport them to just have them cross back over the next day is insanity.  But this is what the Republicans want.

WE NEED A TWO STRIKES YOU ARE OUT POLICY

If you commit two felonies in the US you should not be subject to deportation for 20 years.  Maybe if they know they will get 20 years they will think twice about coming back.  But releasing violent criminals through deportation and then complaining when then come back and commit another crime is shear stupidity.  But we cannot have any honest discourse on the issue.

UNTIL WE VALIDATE ONE ANOTHER'S DIVERSE OPINIONS, THE CRAZIEST VOICES OF DISSENT WILL ONLY GET STRONGER WHICH MEANS AS A NATION WE WILL GET WEAKER

On marriage equality the Democrats need to take the lead and say -" fine - we do not want to force privately held businesses to do wedding business with anyone they believe marriage is not sanctioned by their beliefs."  Trust me, others will line up for the business.  We need to reassure these people they have the right to defend their views.  In the process you end their primary form of dissent fueling even further hate.

The Democrats with Republicans need to speak to the people about the economic impact deporting 10 million people will have on the U.S. economy.  I know there are enough members of both parties willing to put aside the vitriolic nonsense, to have an honest conversation.  The Democrats must concede - it is wrong the law was broken.  But the Republicans must equally be willing to speak honestly about how deporting these people will hurt our economy.

They are not all poor you know.  Do you realize how many mortgages, and car payments will go into default if we deport 10 million people?  Do you realize how many jobs will be lost?  When they buy groceries they employee the workers at the grocery story etc.

In Dallas it is normal to see many working two jobs so they can have their kids in private schools because DISD is a mess.  They are employing teachers and paying for it, in addition to paying property taxes.

It is about knowledge.

MY FEAR - THE EXTREME DISSENT MONGERS ARE WINNING WHILE THOSE WHOSE HONEST DISSENT SHOULD BE VALIDATED ARE NOT BEING HEARD

If we continue down this path, we all lose as a nation.


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