WHY HAVE WE ENDED UP HERE? CHAPTER ONE

March 17, 2013 § 14 Comments

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We have seen recent attacks upon the 1965 Voting Rights Act!

All I could think was:

CAN YOU IMAGINE ATTACKS UPON THE 1965 VOTING RIGHTS ACT?

Here is the 15th Amendment to the United States Constitution for chrissakes:

 Section 1. The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude.

Section 2. The Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.[1]

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How can one challenge this imperative?

Well, recently a Supreme Court Justice did just that:

WASHINGTON, DC — There were audible gasps in the Supreme Court’s lawyers’ lounge, where audio of the oral argument is pumped in for members of the Supreme Court bar, when Justice Antonin Scalia offered his assessment of a key provision of the Voting Rights Act. He called it a “perpetuation of racial entitlement.”


The comment came as part of a larger riff on a comment Scalia made the last time the landmark voting law was before the justices. Noting the fact that the Voting Rights Act reauthorization passed 98-0 when it was before the Senate in 2006, Scalia claimed four years ago that this unopposed vote actually undermines the law: “The Israeli supreme court, the Sanhedrin, used to have a rule that if the death penalty was pronounced unanimously, it was invalid, because there must be something wrong there.”

http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2013/02/27/1646891/scalia-voting-rights-act-is-perpetuation-of-racial-entitlement/

http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2013/02/27/1646891/scalia-voting-rights-act-is-perpetuation-of-racial-entitlement/

I can certainly get into recent attacks upon legislation dealing with the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Rand Paul is the new sweetheart of CPAC and….

There is also plenty of real-world evidence that free markets were an enemy of racism. Especially in the South, state governments did not simply allow businesses to discriminate — they often requireddiscrimination.  The landmark decision Plessy v. Ferguson (1896), which ruled that “separate but equal” was constitutional, involved a Louisiana law that punished railroad companies if they did not segregate their passengers.  There were similar laws into the 1960s in many Southern states requiring segregation of interstate bus customers — hence, the Freedom Rider campaign, in which blacks used the whites-only lunch counter at the Greyhound station.

http://pjmedia.com/blog/rand-paul-and-the-civil-rights-act-of-1964/

Oh Curly Rand attempted to ‘walk this back’ but damn!

HOW HAVE WE ENDED UP WHERE WE ARE NOW?

Our history is supposed to be red, white and blue.

But we are stuck in some PC loop: We are now Red/Blue.

How exactly have we ended up where we are now?

Well every single lame-brained opiner would tell us that our problem lies in education; as if education were some sort of panacea.

I would like to venture into this area of discussion.

Since this examination will take awhile, I will attempt not to jump around too much.

Maybe, just maybe, the Blues might come to some realization about where these Reds come from.

We all have the same genes; regardless of the opinions of folks like John C. Calhoun and Justice Taney.

We all live in the middle of the same goddamn continent.

We all love ribs and baseball and football and little children and we cheer for the ‘little guy’.

We all love to cheer for the winners and boo the losers and we all attempt to grab onto as much money as we can to get on with our lives.

We all wish our children to fare well and do better than not just survive in the veil of tears!

We all wish our games to have rules and that those rules are applied so that all participants reach a level playing field.

We all are grateful for the interstate highway system.

We all are grateful that giant grocery stores that provide coffee and grains and fruits and veggies from across the globe at a decent price.

We all are grateful that we might push on a switch and be in light during the dark nights.

We all are grateful that with the click of a mouse or the push of a thumb the universe of knowledge is made available; a universe of knowledge that makes the Library of Alexandria a mere footnote in history!

I would like to discuss these matters and I shall begin this discussion with revisionism, with education, and with propaganda.

Miss Milly’s burning passion was ensuring that Southern youngsters learned the “correct” version of what the war was all about and why it had happened—a version carefully vetted to exclude “lies” and “distortions” perpetrated by anti-Southern textbook authors. To that end, in 1920 she wrote a book entitled “The Truths of History”—a compendium of cherry-picked facts, friendly opinions, and quotes taken out of context, sprinkled with nuggets of information history books have often found convenient to ignore. Among other things, “The Truths of History” asserts that Abraham Lincoln was a mediocre intellect, that the South’s interest in expanding slavery to Western states was its benevolent desire to acquire territory for the slaves it planned to free, and that the Ku Klux Klan was a peaceful group whose only goal was maintaining public order. One of Rutherford’s “authorities” on slavery was British writer William Makepeace Thackeray, who visited Richmond on a tour of the Southern states during the 1850s and sent home a buoyant description of the slaves who attended him: “So free, so happy! I saw them dressed on Sunday in their Sunday best—far better dressed than English tenants of the working class are in their holiday attire.”

There are repercussions to this type of message, to this type of education and to this type of thinking.

If you take the time to at least scan the entire Salon article you will see the Pudge Luntz’s of the world at work.

We were not involved in a Civil War one hundred and fifty years ago. We experienced the War Between the States!

Slavery was not ‘the cause’ of this war or even a substantial contributing cause of this 1150 year old conflict.

Economic considerations along with the North’s quest for greater power over the South was a substantial contributing cause of this war.

The North’s quest for greater centralized government was a substantial contributing cause for this war.

This quest for power lied behind the North’s quest to stem the advance of slavery into this nation’s territories; the South merely wished to allow slavery in the territories so that when it freed the slaves there would be a source of land to give those slaves.

I am going to examine more of the particulars contained in this revisionism/propaganda at a later time.

But my point here is that there are repercussions to this uniquely Southern approach to history.

The following sitcom scene arose during some Civil Rights panel discussion at the recent CPAC abomination.

Scott Terry, 30, rose from his seat to question the discussion leader, K. Carl Smith, from the Frederick Douglass Republicans, over the role of race in the Republican Party. Terry said that the growth of diversity in the party and outreach to black conservatives has been “at the expense of young, white, Southern males like myself.”

“I think my demographic is being systematically disenfranchised,” Terry said.

Smith responded by telling a story about a letter that abolitionist leader Frederick Douglass wrote to his former slaveowner forgiving him for holding him in servitude.

“For giving him shelter and food?” asked Terry, as some members of the audience gasped and others laughed.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/15/cpac-panel-on-race_n_2886132.html?ref=topbar

If you even pause to wonder where the Louis Farrakhans of this world came from; think about some of things said at that panel discussion.

Before I begin my analysis, let me remind you of my history which I have described in depth over the last four or five years.

In Kindergarten and in the First Grade I recall a morbid looking woman taking us to a corner of the classroom and telling us that the world would end over the week-end.

In the fourth and fifth grades I recall when 90% of the class would leave the school in order to pray in their local churches—every Thursday?

Jews and Roman Catholics were left behind. And I was far too young to understand which was which and why we just sat there!

I learned that the Chinese communists made children the informants on their own parents.

I learned that the Russian commies had commanded that there be no free press.

I learned that the Southern United States hated Negroes.

I learned that Andrew Jackson hated American Indians.

(I shall add to this line of thought later)

But I also went to Catechism and I learned that there was a great god who lived in the sky and he a beard and he knew everything about me; even when I relieved myself in the bathroom and…

And I also watched TV and I learned about other countries and about men who dressed in drag and about supermen and….

Anyway, I found my way to University because I had become rather well at taking standardized tests and because tuition was a hundred bucks and you could purchase used texts.

And my world changed; and my world view changed and I discovered that there were at least 360 perspectives on any issue!

Now consider this a prologue of sorts.

If education is an issue, if education of our youth is important and if you believe that education can have a substantial contributing factor upon issues that face us today; there are three variables that I think have a significant impact upon our futures as a nation and as a world.

HOME SCHOOLING

TEXTBOOKS

UNIVERSAL TESTING

I will be discussing these headings in the future.

I would only underline what has been written fifty years ago and most probably 3000 years or so prior to that date.

THERE IS SOMETHING HAPPENING HERE AND YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT IT IS?

DO YOU MR. JONES?

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§ 14 Responses to WHY HAVE WE ENDED UP HERE? CHAPTER ONE

  • cmaukonen says:

    This country or at least those at the top have never liked the idea of universal suffrage. From the very first they wanted to limit participation in government to only the elite land owners.

    It was only the opposition of the states with yeoman farmers to this that brought about the initial voting rights but still excluded women and most minorities.

    Remember the England already had a parliament and it was parliament – not King George – that was responsible for the colonies. And parliament had acquiesced to most of the demands in the deceleration before the revolutionary war.

    The formation of the Senate and the two party system as well as the electoral college was to ensure that government remained in the hands of the elite land holders.

    Which we know transferred to the industrialists and financial sector.

    We have never had a democracy in this country since the work place IE business has always been a dictatorship or mini fiefdom. Where whose who work there have no say as to how their work place is run.

    It a sham and fake democracy no better than what the Soviet Union was.

    • trkingmomoe says:

      That is why we need to rewrite the 18th century constitution. But after this batch of GOP is diminished and out of power. Boy it is painful to watch a political party distroy themselves. They are like a wounded animal who is dangerous.

  • cmaukonen says:

    oh you might want to give this a title.

    • dikkday says:

      Oh I am having trouble with software. hahahah
      Okay, I gave it a title.
      Thanks to you.
      Thank you. hahahahahha

    • dikkday says:

      In regard to your previous comment.
      Yeah, you had to have property and you could not vote for your representative or senator or anything else. haahah
      But we were given some sort of republican (small r) government and we get to vote for the Prez and our Senators and our federal reps.
      NOT THAT BAD!

      • cmaukonen says:

        Yes…any senator or representative or pres who has been chosen for you ahead of time by those with money and power.

        Show me how this is any different that in the Soviet Union where you could vote for anyone who was a member of the communist party.

        Well get the money out of politics you say. But that is like getting the money out of a casino or a game of poker.

        The whole point of politics in this country is to keep those with money in power.

        Where the two parties differ is mostly on whose pet projects get the most funds and attention and it’s nearly always some big business.

  • ~flowerchild~ says:

    That’s a good question, Mr. Day. Why HAVE we ended up here? It’s not like we weren’t watching. It’s not like we weren’t speaking up. It’s not like we weren’t trying to fix the mistakes or hold back the missiles.

    We should be winning. Winning for real.
    Not winning like Charlie Sheen.

    • dikkday says:

      Winning!

      Gerrymandering and propaganda prevent us from WINNING for heavens sake.

      But what is is and what is not is not!

      And we have tens of millions of people who do not even comprehend the factors involved in the CIVIL WAR for chrissakes!

      And while we are at it, why is Detroit under MARSHALL LAW?

      Things we assume are gone into the upper atmospheres!

      Oh you in Detroit; by the by you cannot vote anymore about anything!

      Oh, I am sorry, I was talking about Moscow.

      ha

  • trkingmomoe says:

    If you did not see this PBS special titled Makers that was aired a couple of weeks ago, here is your chance to see it. It is 3 hours long and gives you an insite into how the backlash against modern women in society got started.

    http://www.makers.com/documentary?sem=1&ncid=searchusmake00000001

    I have watched it several times when it was on locally and each time I learned something new that I never noticed as I was living it. It shows how the far right got started in the late 1970′s. There are men who are still angry over the women’s movement.

    Children here in Florida are now getting a better education in American history then their parents got. Older Floridians were taught a version of the Civil War as the northen war of agression. PBS historical specials and the internet makes it harder to argue that point of view. Also the migration of people from the north and other countries that had a more honest education in history call the teachers on it. So lot has changed even though you see the media coverage of Texas rewriting text books. My oldest grand son would ask me questions about history when he was in middle and high school and I would give him a answer. He would say I don’t think that is in the book. I would tell him to look it up on the internet and then he would come back and say your right. He was not shy about bringing in the print out to argue with his teacher in front of the class. He said others had started to do the same thing. I find this generation of kids willing to question and think for themselves. He likes history classes in college.

    My grand son who is in the forth grade, his teachers said at the last parent conference that she could not get over how much history he knew in detail. That is because we watch history shows on TV. We don’t have cable so PBS and what ever we find on the internet is watched. Most network evening shows don’t interest the kids.

    I think this explains why the majority of young voters are not voting for GOP canidates. They see through a lot of the missinformation. My mother who had straight A in high school actually thought Geo Washington did chop down a cherry tree until her kids told her different. My brother and I still laugh about it.

  • dikkday says:

    I have been thinking about your comment all day.
    And it leads into my next segment concerning home instruction.
    Every parent should be involved in home schooling.
    Oh the kid goes to public school every day.
    But Mommy and Daddy read to that child every single day.
    Mommy and Daddy read the texts.
    Mommy and Daddy attend PTA.
    Mommy and Daddy do not just give answers to questions directed toward them but Mommy and Daddy show that child how to do his/her own research.

    Momoe, these kids will certainly remember Grandma but they will recall where they learned to learn.

    You are a goddess Momoe.

    Your kids are going to succeed.

    This just took my breath away.

    • trkingmomoe says:

      To add to the point I was making about all the information there is now for childern to learn from, my mother graduated from high school in 1934 and she never laid eyes on a black person until WWII except seeing the hollywood version of one. That is when she went to stay with my dad at Camp Lee in Virginia. She really never got to know any until she went to work in a factory in the middle 1950′s. Her world view was narrow because of the sheltered closed world she learned from. It is not like that now. These kids get exposed to the out side world through the internet. They make friends in other countries playing on line games. They make freinds at school that are different then they are. My mother was sincere in her support of civil rights but she could be mislead also. She only knew what she read in the papers or heard on TV and radio. The people who grew up and was educated before 1960 are aging out and less voters to willing to agree with the GOP. The GOP wants to turn the clock back to a narrow white male dominated world so they can stay in power. It is not going to happen because the country has moved on.

      What I do with the grandkids is not special. I have adapted to the reality of the times and what is needed.

  • That Scumball Scalia is Correct . . .

    His statement that the Voting Rights Act is a “perpetuation of racial entitlement” is correct, but not in the pejorative way that he intends it to mean.

    An “entitlement” is a “right” and a right in this context means it’s “law.”

    Of course, we all know that this little poop-butt wimp would like nothing better than to overturn this law. But, no matter his feelings or twisted legal opinions, the “perpetuation” of these laws are now part and parcel of the fabric of the majority of our fellow citizens in our country. One can try, but only temporarily attempt to legislate and wipe away what is considered a “freeman’s” human right.

    You see, in my lifetime there was this Texan who told the Southern States, including the Dixiecrats to basically go fuck themselves, although worded more eloquently in a speech at Georgetown University less than a year after his signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

    “We seek not just freedom but opportunity. We seek not just legal equity but human ability; not just equality as a right and a theory but equality as a fact and equality as a result.”

    Geez… What with all the constitutional amendments, laws, acts and decisions over the past 127 years after the struggle began in 1838, why would that Texan have to point out such an obvious thing to all the citizens of our nation?

    Maybe, just maybe it had to do with that date of 1838, Jan. 27 in Springfield Illinois to be exact, when a tall lanky dude in a tall hat said:

    “If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of freemen, we must live through all time or die by suicide.”

    I elect, for my legacy to live through all time, and therefore denounce these jackasses like this scum-ball and his slimeball friends.

    I lived the Civil Rights era of the 60s and those jackasses from that time and those left today can kiss my freeman’s ass!

    Over the past 175 years many battles have been won, but the war on human rights continues forever…

    ~OGD~  

  • dikkday says:

    YOU ARE GODDAMN RIGHT DUCKY!

    I cannot believe this attitude upon the part of Scalia and now we have all these Southern bastards joining in!

    THE WAR ON HUMAN RIGHTS CONTINUES FOREVER!

    I hereby render unto Ducky the Dayly Comment of the Day on this here blog–hell the entire internet–given to all of you from all of me.

    WELL SAID!

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