Okay, my fellow Americans… let’s cut the crap.
I have used this blog before to pontificate on political philosophy, point out inane aspects of gun control, occasionally wrap myself in our flag, and sometimes parody the idiocy that seems to manifest around us all too frequently.
This time I am going to be far more direct.
The shit going down right now needs to stop.
We’ve discussed tribalism before and how that has affected what I call the Victim Industrial Complex. I don’t want to rehash old blogs; suffice it to say that we have arrived here as a result of a boatload of people making a boatload of money on making sure that everyone feels victimized, oppressed, and marginalized.
Now, let me also be clear about my thoughts about racism, sexism, jingoism, transphobia and whatever other marginalization factors exist out there in our society: They do, in fact, “exist”; they shouldn’t, but they do. They flow in multiple directions. They always have, and until we cross through the posited future singularity, they always will.
And here is the real kicker: There is not a goddamn thing you can do about it.
You will never, ever be able to crawl inside the recesses of someone’s brain and “un-bigot” them. You will never, ever be able to modulate the internal souls of other human beings and alter the way they think about others.
How f#$king arrogant for you to think that you can!
What tenured misanthrope coddled you into thinking this was a good idea? Demand your money back! They lied to you! (But I suspect you already know that… this is one of the reasons this great crises of conscience exists in the first place, isn’t it?)
Let’s play a game, shall we? Imagine a law… state, federal, local, whatever… imagine a law that says black people can’t own a business (or yellow people, or purple people, or Jews or Roma… insert your own victim class).
Guess what. It is unenforceable… totally violates the Constitution. I mean, not kinda violates it… I mean flat-out, out of the park, what the hell were you thinking, violation of the Constitution. Oh… and if they do try to enforce this patently unconstitutional law… you get to sue! When you prevail (and you will), you not only get a hefty paycheck for your rights being violated, you also get all of your attorney fees back as well, you lucky devil you. As a practical matter, you won’t really have paid a dime to your attorneys because they will be more than happy to “invest” in the litigation for a complete payout at the end.
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But, but, but… systemic racism?! You don’t know what it is like!
What the hell are you talking about?
You think this a new thing? You think this is something that is endemic to America? What the hell have you been eating, Pumpkin?!?
Wanna know how the Roman Republic grew geographically and economically? Slaves! Good, old-garden variety slaves! They did not have a “slave trade” as such… they just enslaved the people they conquered. Sometimes they were neighboring Italians, sometimes they were Turkish, sometimes they were Carthaginians. Oh yeah… and the Chinese? They had slaves…and the Greeks… slaves… and the British… slaves.
But we had black slaves! And, and, and Representative Maxine Waters and Representative Cori Bush said the Declaration of Independence was written by white men for white men! That this is “stolen land”!!!!
First of all, if your knowledge of American history is routed in a two-hour Broadway musical we have deeper problems that need to be addressed. The whole damn point of drafting the Declaration, and later the ratification of the Constitution, was literally to bring southern slave states into the fold with them, fully aware the North wanted to abolish slavery.
Made by rich, white men? Ms. Waters… if not those “rich white men”, then who?
Also…. am I supposed to believe that these “rich white men” were so irrational, such boneheads that they would put at risk their entire fortunes, and their lives on a bet that had a ridiculously small chance of succeeding? I mean, good God, they were committing an act of treason against the strongest empire on earth! They were going to take this gamble for what? To save a couple of bucks a year on taxes? Do you think they were idiots?
Representative Bush… let me correct your tweet: Not “stolen land”. Try “conquered land”. The same warring tribalism that took place for ten thousand years on this continent between the first nations, now had another tribe to add to the mix. This tribe, though, was successful.
But let’s play this out, Representative Bush. Since, in your mind, this land is “stolen”, the only appropriate remedy is restoration. Okay. Pack your bags, because you are squarely part of the problem, too. It matters not that your relatives came to this “stolen land” voluntarily or in chains, sold into servitude by another rival African tribe that found it more efficient to send their enemies and their families to another continent than to waste all of the effort on genocide. Let me know what part of the world you decide to emigrate to… curious to see your choices.
From Olympic athletes turning their backs on the flag, to the New York Times suggesting that Old Glory is a triggering symbol, to this nonsense from sitting members of Congress… this shit has to stop. Want to be a collectivist? Fine… here is one for you, you bonehead… you are part of a goddamn collective already!!! It’s called the United States of America! Do your job, be the best you can be… actually provide value to someone else… and, by all means, call out injustice when and where you see it. That is the whole point of being an American. But if you think the very country that was created based on the principles of protecting minority rights is systemically racist and, therefore, worthy of destruction, you’re simply an idiot masquerading as a victim.