Thursday, August 13, 2015

Rick Perlstein's Auto de Fay

An article published by The Washington Spectator is causing a stir after its author claimed the American POW/MIA flag is a racist symbol, “useful only to venal right-wing politicians who wish to exploit hatred by calling it heritage.”
The Spectator’s national correspondent Rick Perlstein argues that the flag, which is meant to honor U.S. military personnel taken as “prisoners of war” or soldiers “missing in action,” is nothing but a cult invented by President Richard Nixon “in order to justify the carnage in Vietnam in a way that rendered the United States as its sole victim.” (Washington Times)

I believe Mr. Perlstein  inflammatory article was intended to stimulate a more nuanced and reflective review of the complex political issues surrounding America's involvement in the Vietnam War. The belligerent tone reflected in many comments clearly indicates that our wounds, both the physical and the emotional, on this the 50th anniversary of the war remain unhealed. I believe our righteous anger would be better expressed in reexamining those policies that led to such a tragic loss of blood and treasure. Simply stated, the article was intended to stimulate renewed thought on a subject of profound significance to all veterans. "Those who fail to learn from history," wrote George Santayana, "are doomed to repeat it." 

Friday, July 10, 2015

End of the Color Palette

America's transition to a multiracial society is not without its serious problems. Each small gain by people of color is seen to be balanced by a corresponding loss by the dominate white culture. 

Monday, July 06, 2015

Pathway to Hate

Robert Jeffress, pastor of the First Baptist Megachurch of Dallas Texas, commenting on the SCOTUS Marriage Equality decision. 

What happened Friday was nothing short of an affront in the face of Almighty God. And how did our president respond? President Obama responded Friday night by bathing the White House, the people’s house, in colors that represent what the Bible calls degradation, depravity and sexual perversion.”

Jeffress also stated that he is “not going to be silenced by the liberal left, Barack Obama or the United States Supreme Court.”
Jeffress and his fellow Christian extremists who claim to have direct access to God's ear on all matters follow a brand of Christianity far removed from Christ's message of love and forgiveness. Jeffress believes that any recognition of equality for people other than heterosexual, white Baptists like himself is just another sign that the End Times are at hand. Behind his broad smile lies a soul poisoned by prejudice.

[P]opular powers must be placed as a guard, a control, a balance, to the powers of the monarch and the priest, in every government, or else it would soon become.... a great and detestable system of fraud, violence, and usurpation.John Adams, A Dissertation on the Canon and Feudal Law

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Is Political Equality Possible?

Citizenship is waning. There are the obvious, brutal signs of this: the police apparently have a free hand to kill and cage certain citizens, more or less as they see fit; the fiscal state is crippled by the ability and willingness of its wealthier subjects to refuse taxation; voters must now share political space with corporations, their new legal equivalents in significant elements of democratic life. In many places, especially poorer places like Greece and Detroit, unelected bureaucracies now explicitly overrule the will of electorates. 
Crooked Timber, To Carry the Past Around with You

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Bread and Circuses: Round II

That a superficial media whore like Trump is taken seriously in his bid for the presidency clearly shows the extent of amorality circulating through the political cesspool we know as Washington DC. 

Assisting in this fiasco are the ignorant millions who believe that the value of the examined life is based solely on media exposure. This cult of the celebrity has foisted onto national prominence low-brow icons like Sarah Palin, Herman Cain, Trump, the Kardashian family, Honey Boo Boo, and the Duck Dynasty. 

Friday, May 29, 2015

Beauty and the Beast

Ms. Coulter is laughing all the way to the bank. She employs her ivy-league education and great personal charm to give credibility to a multitude of racist memes circulating through a growing population of under-educated white males struggling to avoid redundancy. Devoid of any thoughtful content, her books are nothing but literary methamphetamine fueling a resurgent fascism. To paraphrase Nietzsche, "He who sides with monsters should take care lest he become a monster."

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Notable Texas Politicians: Rep. Louis Gohmert

“There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there has always been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that 'my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.” 
― Isaac Asimov