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“I am a 'crisis theorist, not a functionalist and I dream in the art and science of discourse in social structure and from which my audience may benefit. There is no greater urgency than the problem yet to be resolved, and there is greater resolution than understanding the crisis.

Black Urban Patriotism Today: Blindsided on the White Side

Chapter One

IN THE END

400+ years race relations issues and white supremacy dazed Black folks psych focus.  Now, struggles for ‘social change’ that better’s life, transformed to demands for ‘social inclusion,’ with an eye on hegemonic authority dominates Black causes. Instead of insisting on control over our lives, we demand control over the lives of others, alongside White folks.  Individual White folk’s and groups use power to further their own interest at the cost of other people and groups; been doing most of the legalized murdering, stealing, and raping of the land while Black folks watch; we say, “it’s not fair to exclude us, that we have a right to satisfaction (marginal benefits) doing the same.”

From Harriet Tubman to Malcolm X, they feared something was not right with the freedoms we sought or equality available only to the controlling White class. But we struggle to get it anyhow, “if you can’t defeat them, join them.” By any means necessary is the age-old rationale, for survival.

The foregoing is an excerpt from book one of my literary fiction trilogy, Black Urban Patriotism in Modern Times: Blindsided on the White Side.  A “what if” examination of African-American patriotism in ‘White folks’ controlled America.

What if, in a Donald Trump administration, considerations to rescind the U.S. Constitution as outdated or obsolete invalidate the Bill of Rights, Amendments, and other protections?  Are we sure further discussions that involuntary (unpaid) servitude; in exchange for welfare entitlements that satisfy hegemonic assertions that Black Slavery solves ‘inequality problems’ won’t materialize?

‘Behold American White supremacy,’ wrapped in its glory of the American and Nazi Flag, carrying the cross of Christ and a torch.  “Praise the Lord, white European power, and pass the fried chicken, white kids want to see little black ones, and Jews die too, lessons for their bible study!

Little has changed in over 400 years, except xenophobia’s systematized and matter’s are not as they seem.”

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Blacks Folks- What’s YOUR Thoughts of America Now?

America the materialistic; America the Ethnocentric; America the xenophobic; and America the perverted also describes the plight of our Country.  There will not be a change in the American state of affairs any time soon, only the fall of what could have been a great empire that never attained the spirit of greatness, only greed.

What used to be a plight for a better life, the American dream, is now a quest for material gain, consumerism is the rule of the day.  The state of inequality in America is staggering as elitist are the jet-setters, societal fashionable social elites who set the rules, composed of wealthy people who frequently travel by jetliner to parties and resorts.  i.e., The days of pre-Constitution when wealthy British colonist believed that landowners were better rulers over uneducated, less well-off people.  Hence, the time of President-Elect Donald Trump have been waiting in the wings of Congress since 1776; the ‘haves will have more, the have-nots will have less and women will be forced to take their proper place behind men.’ All while we convert to a police state to enforce social controls of social norms set by White America who put material above environment.

America believes that Europid ethnicity (White people) are better than all other people and may ultimately prove the downfall of America because they are not.  That even though European Spaniards were the first to arrive in the Americas and despite the fact that Natives were here first, that prosperity was achieved on the sweaty backs of African slaves, Whites claim that their brutal force of conquest makes them masters over all other people in America, indeed the world.  Even the most educated and informed, especially them, believe they are better than others and thus more deserving of protection and greater wealth.  White people think that they are the ‘first’ among equals.  Even the children are reared with attitudes of White Supremacy.

America rejects and is afraid, with great, disdain, of peoples who are not American.  Or is fear of competition?

From the LGBT community to President-Elect Donald Trump, our sense of social relations seeking sexual satisfaction with the same and/or opposite sex to which even children are fair game.  We are a drug and alcohol induced nation, distracted from intoxication to notice the world falling apart around us.

My American peers, people, old and young, nothing permanent or good can come from this!!!

MERRY CHRISTMAS, HAPPY NEW YEAR ALL TO ALL A GOOD NIGHT!

MERRY CHRISTMAS, HAPPY NEW YEAR, TO ALL BLACK AMERICANS!

                                                                                        AMERICAN MINORITIES

And to the Republican National Hispanic Assembly, we know how hard you’ve tried to reform a broken American immigration system that has not stood by your relatives and your children. We feel the pain in your swollen hands and feet and troubled spirit for fear of deportation and loss of all you’ve worked for.  You are most deserving of what you get!!

It would remiss to not mention extreme hardships and the great contributions of our American Asian Republican voters who have suffered major loss of hard earned properties and jobs, so much is in store for you!

For our Jewish Friends a word of sympathy for your inability to help.  Your remorse and guilt are deeply embedded, and rightly so!

And finally, all remaining special gifts must go to:

Dinah Abrahamson, Author, Republican member of the Nebraska State Central Committee

Archie Alexander, governor of the U.S. Virgin Islands

Walter G. Alexander, first African-American to serve in the New Jersey Legislature

Aris T. Allen, chair of the Maryland Republican Party

Claude Allen, White House Domestic Policy Advisor

Ethel D. Allen, Secretary of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

James W. Ames, representative in the Michigan House of Representatives

Renee Amoore, health care advocate & founder and president of The Amoore Group, Inc.; former candidate for Republican National Committee Co-Chairwoman

John D. Anthony, member of the Illinois House of Representatives from the 75th district, 2013-present

Caesar Antoine, 13th Lieutenant Governor of Louisiana

Robin Armstrong, vice chairman of the Republican Party of Texas (2006-2010)

And Herman Cain

For all your humility, patience and efforts you and your people of the ‘less-than-one percent’ers’ we know of the ultimate sacrifices of your young men and women killed in ‘cold-blood’ and shot in the face for a quest of help; we have seen your properties foreclosed upon, your vehicles repossessed and your wayward, alienated children; we know you deserve so much more.  And you will get it sooner than you expect!

As for those White Americas who marched with oppressed people and supported causes of humanity, you get nothing, at all, except more coals of guilt, sleepless nights and horrible nightmares.  You are the ones to blame and must pay for the sins of your fathers!

“ALL TO ALL A GOOD NIGHT!”

 

 

Media Effects on Society: Good Bad and ugly

More often than not, people are prone to idealism and imagination. They tend to not think for themselves, they have selective beliefs, and make predictions that fit what they want.  Mass media influences are very different than it was in the 20th century. The term mass media itself may not apply in this era of the personal social media of tips, reactions, rumors and observations as they outpace media outlets we once knew.  Businesses trying to spread the good news and counter the bad news have caused a changing of the rules.

People have genuine criticism about politics, policies, the economy, and civil rights occupying the social arena.  One often discussed target of criticism is the media industry. It is widely believed Hollywood now faces the same threat that plagued the music industry for the past ten years. The problem is that technology is merciless, impersonal, and unforgiving; denial is nothing more than delay of costs and time.  Content is not free and you have to live with those facts.  Modern wisdom is, ‘the sooner you learn to get in touch with what is new,  the faster you will learn to live in a new and very real,  reality.

To know sources of media is to understand the informational ideas behind mass media data.  For those who don’t understand that the primary revenue that funds today’s mainstream television content development for instance, is to fall victim to media intelligence.  Audiences are too accessible, and reaching people is increasingly costing less.

Budgets no longer require huge camera unit, just DSLR cameras and a good eye for Production design—can be achieved via available locations rather than recreating it—movie industry style.    The TV anywhere’ concept (desktops, laptops, Ipads, and smartphones) not only accelerates the tide of media influence, but do so without the army of personnel or genres once respected.

As the various medias vry for control of the mass audience can any survive without leaving the populace information(less)?  What will you do about information that is less reliable and increasingly destructive?  Just what is “good, bad” and “ugly in media to you?”

Inquiring minds want to hear your comments.

Advertising: Misled and loving it

Misleading advertisements are like leasing a new car on an already insufficient budget, suspicion of future regret, exciting to live for the moment.  Advertisement spending was hit hard by the financial crisis.  But now, companies are again trolling for vulnerable consumers.

Led by automotive industries, companies like Wal-Mart spend hundreds of billions in advertising according to the national advertising spending database.  The only advertising more exciting than ads of truth are ads of lies  For businesses that go astray, it can cost millions. But it is okay because consumers love entertaining advertisements more than spending money they don’t have.

Most people have been victims of false advertising.  Our ignoring the pit falls and expecting lesser of the worse allow marketing policies to develop priorities over the consumer’s right to know.

“Clinically” and “scientifically” touting benefits of the products, people still buy.  Take the Olay ads that showed former model Twiggy looking wrinkle-free, younger than her years. Turns out the ads were retouched.  Moreover, hundreds of car owners were quite set-back that Hyundai, Kia overstated the horsepower in their vehicles.  And, this is not to mention on going vehicle recalls for falty air bags, breaks, etc.  And how about the lawsuit in southern California of companies who were able to sell Cars and charged more money because of false claims.

Groupon was sued by for misleading ads related to tourist attractions, not actually offering coupons linked to any of those attractions.  Herbal supplement Airborne was a hit in the 1990s. Marketing claims that it helped ward off bacteria and germs, preventing ailments like the flu and the common cold. But did Airborne actually have any of these benefits?  No!

So, take the time to understand people, that it is you who give advertisers and marketers your interest while looking uninformed and not noticing the strategies used to get your attention.

Please share your valuable thoughts below.

The Internet: Corporate Control by Satellite

An eleven-year old the other day told me “ the internet is a place somewhere in ‘outer-space’ and it’s bigger than the planet earth.”  The internet or World-Wide-Web, I explained is a conglomeration (a network or web) of computers that send and receive information between each other.  The child uttered a nonchalant/unattached “OH” and walked away.

The ‘outer-space’ concept of my young friend (explained), actually started with dedicated space(s), or servers maintained by telephone companies,  through which numerous computers enter to communicate with each other.

J.C.R. Licklider of MIT in 1962 started ‘social networking.   A global community of interconnected computers for everyone to access shared data and programs.  Licklider’s imagination and effort were noble;  as useful as the internet has become would make him proud.  The ‘NET’ nuetrality Licklider envisioned, now threatened with monopolization, would make him turn over in the grave.

The United States Department of Defense wasted no time getting in the act.  It is currently hypothetical that Internet without net neutral rules, consumers would pay more for the so-called “fast lane” services.  At stake is ISPs monetizing subscriber bases instead of providing an open pipeline.  What started as policies to protect the internet has now turned into favors for corporate friends of the Congress.

We now see, net neutrality, service providers police those who use the networks, how they use it, and what messages the system carries.  The assumption is that innovators can reliably, without interference reachesout to consumers (anyone interested in purchasing the London Bridge?).  A free and open internet is the greatest technology of our time, and control should not be at the mercy of corporations.

What we about to witness is repression of competition and entrepreneurship, free speech and ideas, unfair pricing.   Any advice for our eleven-year old friend who believes outer-space is wide and free?  Please leave your comments here.

Corporate Role of the ‘United States’ Government, Not What You Think!

Practical Conflict and Interests

Whether for better or for worse, the real politics of The ‘United States’ Government is (almost) as were meant to be as The United States of America-Constitution intended.  The political opened and closed doors were preset long ago and, the worse may be imminent

Seemingly, it started with the struggle between England and America, controversy raised from different motives, and various designs; all ineffectual, and the period of debate was closed. Arms, as the last resource, decided the contest; the appeal was the choice of the king, and the continent hath accepted the challenge, [1] ruled the day.

In 1871, a legislated act of Congress designated the boundaries of the District of Columbia as[2] The United States.  In essence, the law established a government business entity which, in effect, may have abolished the ‘original canonical’ Constitution of the United States of America (compare Black’s law dictionary before 2000).  The original Constitution of the United States of America (the Republic) created sovereigns for free citizens who were deemed the highest authority.  The law provided:

LAWS OF THE UNITED STATES Passed at [the] Third Session of [the] Forty-First Congress … An act to provide a government for the District of Columbia …hgfbvxc [3] Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of The United States of America in Congress …[4] the District of Columbia be, and the same is hereby, created into a government by the name of the District of Columbia, by which name it is hereby constituted a body corporate for municipal purposes … and exercise all other powers of a municipal corporation[5] not inconsistent with the Constitution and laws of the United States and[6] provisions of this act …[7]

Encyclopedia Britannica – “Municipality (local government) municipality local government in the United States, urban unit of local government. A municipality is a political subdivision of the state within which a municipal corporation has[8] been established…”[9]

One may only muse at the idea of occupation or under siege of, The United States of America (the country), by an entity named after it.  “The United States Government” (the corporation).  Separation from Great-Britain left behind many nobles who apparently infiltrated the government of the new world.

A new era for politics is struck; a new method of thinking hath arisen …[10] Whatever was advanced by the advocates on either side of the question then, terminated in one and the same point … A union with Great-Britain: the only difference between the parties was the method of effecting it; the one proposing force, the other friendship; but it hath so far happened that the first hath failed, and the second hath withdrawn her influence.[11]

By a subsequent act, on June 11, 1878, appointment of [Congressional] commissioners provided for, to have and to exercise similar powers given to the commissioners appointed under the act of 1874.[12]  The commission was congress which described itself as “The United States Government.”  The United States of America remain separate and unchanged. Thus, The United States Government was set to rule as a political business entity over The United States of America.

American Heritage Dictionary provide government, “[T]he act or process of governing, especially the control and administration of public policy in a political unit.   The office, function, or authority of a governing individual or body, exercise of authority in a political unit; rule.”[13]

Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines Corporation as “…  [an] organization of persons and material resources, chartered by the state, for the purpose of conducting business …  the practice of proxy voting by management … “[14]

The players, it seemed, were “anti-federalist’s” suspicion that the Constitution allocated too much power to the national government and legislative bodies while decreasing the role of local communities.  These were probably ‘Conservatives’ of the “Republic-Democratic”, now Conservatives and Liberals—Republican and Democratic Parties, respectively.

“If we will suffer ourselves to examine the component parts of the English constitution, we shall find them to be the base remains of two ancient tyrannies, compounded with some new republican materials: … The remains of aristocratically tyranny in the persons of the peers … wherefore in a CONSTITUTIONAL SENSE they contribute nothing towards the freedom of the state…”[15]

The new Republican Party was born in 1854 at a meeting in Ripon, Wisconsin. Abolitionists and those opposed to the extension of slavery gathered to protest the Kansas-Nebraska Act, which opened territory to slavery that had been forbidden by the old Missouri Compromise of 1820.[16]

In November 1863, President Abraham Lincoln delivered ceremonial remarks [now] known as the Gettysburg Address on the site of the Civil War’s bloodiest battle.  The Gettysburg Address was meant to declare actualization, and reinforce the Declaration of Independence which was (then) based on modern democracy[17], and has—for the most part—withstood the test of time.  Although, what has not withstood the test of time is the last passage in the speech that provide “of the people, by the people and for the people.”

Government for the people, by the people and of the people is the ultimate of myths and may very be the cause of a confused, and cynical American public.  The people are not really aware, they just belief something is seemingly wrong and working to their disadvantage. Congress passed legislation (among others) promising “consistency with the Constitution,” then, adopted law that conflict with the intention(s) of the Constitution.  All of which occurred at the “Third Session of the Forty-First Congress.”

Gitelson et al. (American Government) define politics as “activities aimed at influencing or controlling government[18] for the purpose of formulating or guiding public policy.”[19]

Suspicion of government activism distinguishes conservatism from radical forms of political thought but also from[20] liberalism, which is a modernizing anti-traditionalist movement dedicated to correcting the evils and abuses resulting from the misuse of social and political power.[21]

Neo-Conservatives may be the greatest threat to life, liberty and property this country has ever known.[22]

…   United States of America … that … territory of the United States included within the limits of the District of Columbia be,[23] …created in a Government by the name of the District of Columbia, by which name it is hereby constituted a body corporate for municipal purposes, and may contract and be contracted with, sue and be sued, plead and be impleaded … exercise all other powers of a municipal corporation not inconsistent with the Constitution and laws of the United States and the provisions of the Act.[24]

Conservatism’s political doctrine emphasizes the value of traditional institutions and practices.

Conservatism is a preference for the historically inherited rather than the abstract and ideal. This choice has traditionally rested on an organic conception of society—that is, on the belief that society is not merely a loose collection of individuals, but a living organism comprising closely connected, interdependent members. Conservatives thus favor institutions and practices that have evolved gradually … manifestations of continuity and stability. Government’s responsibility is to be a servant, not the master, of existing ways of life, and politicians must, therefore, resist the temptation to transform society and politics.[25]

Conservatism has often been associated with traditional and established forms of religion. After 1789, the appeal of religion redoubled, in part because of a craving for security in an age of chaos. The Roman Catholic Church, because of its roots in the middle Ages, has appealed to more conservatives than has any other religion. Although he was not a Catholic, Burke praised Catholicism as “the most effectual barrier” against radicalism. But conservatism has had no dearth of Protestant, [26] Jewish, Islamic, and strongly anticlerical adherents.[27]

Although conservatives sometimes claim philosophers as ancient as Aristotle and Cicero as their forebears, the first explicitly conservative political theorist is generally considered to be Edmund Burke. In 1790 … [Burke reasoned] to be human is to inherit a culture, and politics cannot be understood outside that culture. In contrast to the Enlightenment philosophers Thomas Hobbes, John Locke, and Jean-Jacques Rousseau, each of whom conceived of political society as based on a hypothetical social contract among the living …

Burke shocked his contemporaries by insisting with brutal frankness that “illusions” and “prejudices” are socially necessary. He believed that most human beings are innately depraved, steeped in original sin, and unable to better themselves with their feeble reason. Better, he said, to rely on the “latent knowledge” of prejudice, which accumulates slowly through the years, than to “put men to live and trade each on his own private stock of reason.” Among such prejudices are those that favors an established church and a landed aristocracy; members of the latter, according to Burke, are the “great oaks” and “proper chieftains” of society, provided that they temper their rule with a spirit of timely reform and remain within the constitutional framework.[28]

In Burke’s writings the entire political sense of Europe is formulated in a new idiom, designed to bring out the folly of French revolutionaries intoxicated by sudden power and abstract ideas of a perfect society. For Burke, modern states are so complex that any attempt to reform them on the basis of metaphysical doctrines alone[29] is bound to end in despotism. The passion and eloquence with which he developed this argument contributed significantly to the powerful conservative reactions against the French Revolution throughout Europe in the late 18th and early 19th centuries.

Conservatism is defined as:

1) One who espouses a political philosophy based on tradition and social stability, stressing established institutions and preferring gradual development to an abrupt change?

2) One who believes in less government being better government?

3) One who believes in such “outmoded” ideas as civil liberties (freedom of speech, separation of church and state, right to keep and bear arms, that kind of thing?)

4) one for whom the Republican Party no longer actually speaks.

5) A word that today’s so-called “conservatives” don’t know the definition of.

“Today’s so-called ‘conservatives’ don’t even know what the word means. They think I’ve turned liberal because I believe a woman has a right to an abortion. That’s a decision that’s up to the pregnant woman, not up to the pope or some do-gooders or the Religious Right. It’s not a conservative issue at all.” — Barry Goldwater is turning over in his grave.[30]

Unavoidable Tension

The United States is a corporation.[31]  So what!

Government efforts to rein in order and equality for all citizens through “for the greater good” ideology does not consider real human disparities against imperfect legislation.  Functions of Governmental Institutions do not serve everyone equally.  Elected leaders, divided and partial to the will of their constituency are self-serving and impossible to control.  The people shall Have what the People want, accept what they cannot have and denial of what they want.

What is Obvious Makes No Sense?

One of the many driving forces behind the Constitutional Convention was to remove and/or limit unfair political influence of the rich.  Colonies of the new world knew all too well the oppression they suffered at the hands of the rich.  Today, the constant widening of the inequality gap is felt by both the privileged and unprivileged class in America.  Equal legislative representation of the people.[32]

[O]n April 30, 2014, The United States Supreme Court—in landmark decision, made for sale (to the affluent) of American elections possible by providing:

The right to participate in democracy through political contributions [that] is protected by the First Amendment … it may not … regulate contributions [just] to reduce the amount of money in politics, or to restrict the political participation of some in order to enhance the relative influence of others. Politics in government is an essential part of getting work done, it is the driving force behind legislation. [33]

Immediate necessity makes many things convenient, which if continued would grow into oppressions. Expedience and right are different things. When the calamities of America required a consultation, there was no method so so proper, as to appoint persons from the several Houses of Assembly for that purpose.  And the wisdom with which they have proceeded hath preserved this continent from ruin. But as it is more than probable that we shall never be without a CONGRESS, every well-wisher to good order, must own, that the mode for choosing members of that body, deserves consideration. And I put it as a question to those, who make a study of mankind, whether representation and election are not too great a power for one and the same body of men to possess? When we are planning for posterity, we ought to remember, that virtue is not hereditary.[34]

In short, Independence is the only BOND that can tie and keep us together. We shall then see our object, and our ears will be legally shut against the schemes of an intriguing, as well, as a cruel enemy.

The “United States” et al. is a corporation, originally incorporated February 21, 1871 under the name “District of Columbia,” a de facto government, formerly the ten square mile tract ceded by Maryland and Virginia and comprising Washington D. C, plus the possessions, territories, forts, and arsenals.

The significance of this is that, as a corporation, the United States has no more authority to implement its laws against “We The People” than does Mac Donald Corporations.  Except for one thing — the contracts, we’ve signed as surety for our strawman with the United States and the Creditor Bankers. These contracts binding us with the United States and the bankers are not with us, but with our artificial entity, which appears to be us but spelled with ALL CAPITAL LETTERS. All this was done under, VICE-ADMIRALTY COURTS.[35]

The American people, however, had sovereign standing in law, independent to any connection to the states or the Crown. This fact necessitated that the people be brought back, one at a time, under British Rule, and the commercial process was the method of choice in order to accomplish this task. First, through the 14th Amendment and then through the registration of our birth certificate and property. All courts in America are Vice-admiralty courts in the Crown’s private commerce.

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