Monday, August 07, 2017

REGARDING COLIN KAEPERNICK - WE CAN EITHER STAND TOGETHER, OR BEND OVER ONE AT A TIME

Beneath the Spin * Eric L. Wattree

REGARDING COLIN KAEPERNICK - WE CAN EITHER STAND TOGETHER, OR BEND OVER ONE AT A TIME

Regarding the Colin Kaepernick controversy. I must be missing a gene or something, because I’ve never understood people’s fascination with sports.  What is it that’s so great about sports?  My father was the very same way.  I once asked him if he ever participated in sports, and he told me, “The only time I ever ran was if the vice squad was after me.”  I laughed, because I knew exactly what he was talking about. I was going through that very same kind of thing even as we spoke.
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I don’t know what it is about some White folks, but many of them just can’t seem to be content with simply minding their own damn business - that’s the major problem I have with most Republicans to this day.  They’re not content to just live and let live; it seems that they just can’t find happiness unless they’re trying to shove their values down everybody else’s throat, and by law.  But it was because of such people that I first began to recognize my athletic ability.
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I've never in my life had even a passing interest in sports. Even in elementary school when all the other boys were playing kickball, I'd be the kid sitting on the bench staring out into space.  But that didn’t mean I wasn’t athletic. When I became a teenager I was 6'2", weighed about 200lbs, and could run like a gazelle. But the only time I ever used my athletic ability was, like my father said, when I was running from the vice squad.  I saw it as a harmless form of payback - humiliating the White boys.  It actually became a game between us, and not a mean-spirited one. They weren't out to kill you back then, so even if I got caught, since I wasn't committing a major crime, I'd only have to spend the weekend in jail.  But I had absolutely no intention of letting that ever happening.
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You see, when I was a teenager we use to sit around in the projects shootin’ dice, smokin’ weed, and laughing and joking with one another, but we didn't bother anybody.  In spite of our peaceful nature, however, up would roar the vice squad in an attempt to shove society's moral values down our throats.  They’d be wearing street clothes and tennis shoes, and they would jump out of their station wagons and start running us down. I’d be laughing so hard I could barely run - but oh, could I run. And I loved the chase, because these cops were especially chosen for that duty because they were the most athletic White boys on the force. So I absolutely loved it every time I would see them coming because that gave me the chance to humiliate this one cop in particular.  Those White boys would be killing themselves trying to catch us, but there was no use, because they were greatly out-classed.  So that was the only joy I've ever gotten out of sports, and for me, it was a sport - “Humiliating the White boy in the hundred yard dash.”
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But other than that, I’ve never understood the appeal of sports.  I’d rather spend a day in jail than a day at ANY sporting event, because at least in jail I could lay around, read something, and get a free meal or two, but at a sporting event there’s nothing to do but watch grown-ass people doing “the wave” in a mindless exercise of group-think.
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The biggest problem I had with sports was my lack of patriotic fervor. I just didn't give a damn who won, and I couldn't make myself give a damn.  I've never been able to generate that "Rah, Rah! We're the greatest!" kind of team spirit.  It's always seemed silly to me.  Why should I give a damn which team won, I wasn't getting anything out of it?  So my feeling has always been, if Black people would just spend half the time developing their minds as they do focusing on this useless nonsense, we’d be at the top of society today.  After all, any dog can outrun the fastest man alive.  So it’s our minds that make us human, and it’s development should be our very top priority.  I learned that from a teacher in elementary school when they were about to place me in "Special Training" - or the "Dunce Brigade" as the kids use to call it - because they thought I was retarded, probably because I wasn't interested in playing kickball.  People are like that - if you don't think like everybody else they think it's something wrong with you.  But I had a teacher (Ms Lady Lee) who taught me both the key, and the joy, of using my mind.  She gave me a toy to play with, and it has served me well every since (AMERICA'S GOT ITS PRIORITIES CONFUSED). 
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Sports cater to our most primitive instincts - “I’m better than you, and our team is better than your team”- So sports are divisive by their very nature.  They rely on a mindset that is at the root of every form of bigotry, and is the primary source of all wars, hatred, killing, and mayhem in the world today - yet, it's often referred to as "good, clean, fun."
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But how good and clean is it?  When you look at two football teams on the field with their coaches and staff on the sidelines, what you’re actually seeing is two opposing armies preparing to go into battle.  The players are the troops, the coaches are the generals, the coaches’ staff are the military officers, and the owners of the team represent Exxon/Mobile.  So when we teach our children to embrace sports mentality, we’re preparing them to believe it’s an honor to go die in a foreign country for no other reason than to “Win one for the Gipper.”
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That’s a lot syrupy and sentimental, mind-bending bullshit. To hell with the Gipper!  We need to teach our children to develop the independence of thought to win one for themselves, their families, and their culture - and you can't fit an entire culture on a football field.  We don’t see the children of the rich dying for the Gipper - Donald Trump avoided going to Vietnam by getting 5 draft deferments, and so did Dick Cheney.  Rush Limbaugh got out of going to war by complaining of a boil on his fat ass.  Yet today, now that they don't have to put their own lives on the line, they've never seen a war that they didn't like.  Yes, people die, and families are destroyed forever by war, but wars generate corporate wealth, and that's what's important.  "And don't we give them medals, and bury them with great fanfare and national honor?  So these national heroes are proud to sacrifice their 'little lives' in the nation's interest."
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So this super-patriotic "Gipper" mentality at the root of all sports is a bunch of bullshit that even many "enlightened" Black people have bought into. I often hear them refer to "My team." I have to bite my tongue to keep from saying, those teams don't give a damn about you.  For that reason, whenever I see Black people getting all excited over sports and teams it makes me want to throw up, because it makes it disgustingly clear that before we can ever even hope to become truly liberated, we’re going to have to address our dire need to be re-educated, and shed ourselves of a lifetime of White supremacist programing. We’ve been so fully indoctrinated into the culture of White supremacy that we’ve become not only some of it's biggest supporters, but it's most enthusiastic sustainers, and they've got us so star-struck over the exploits of various sports figures that we're too blind to even recognize it - and in the NFL 70% of those stars are Black!
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Take the Colin Kaepernick controversy, for example.  I’ve heard Black people call him a damn fool, and say that he should have just stood up and kept his mouth shut. But what these people seem to be completely blind to is the importance of what he’s refusing to stand up for, and what he's speaking out against. 
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This nation has NEVER lived up to the myth that the American flag is suppose to represent. After being welcomed to this land by the Native Americans, they responded by presenting them with disease-infected blankets and then bringing in their army to eradicate them. In the end they killed as many as 100 million Native Americans in order to steal their land. Thereafter, they moved on to either kill are make the lives of millions of African slaves miserable. Then after slavery, there was the Jim Crow era in which millions of African-Americans were discriminated against, brutalized, and in many cases murdered. And during that same time the nation was involved in WWII where Japanese-American citizens had their property seized and entire families were placed in concentration camps. In addition, the United States dropped not one, but two atomic bombs on Japan - and since the men, women, and children of Hiroshima and Nagasaki were noncombatants, that constituted the most brutal and heartless act of terrorism in all of human history.
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But “America the Beautiful” still wasn’t done. It went on to kill 3.1 million Vietnamese (2 million of which were innocent civilian men, women, and children), and then they did the very same thing to the people of Iraq, but they were more compassionate with the Iraqis - they only killed a million of them. But they killed them for no reason whatsoever, other than they didn’t like the cut of their jib.
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So tell me, exactly what is it that Colin Kaepernick is suppose to be so proud of that he should feel obligated to stand every time he hears a song?  It’s not as if either the song, or the flag, represents a history of great acts of human compassion - it’s a flag that represents 241 years of criminal brutality, thuggery and mayhem. So the fact is, if we base our analysis on what are suppose to be American values as oppose to what we actually are, Kaepernick was the only true patriot in the stadium, and those who are condemning him are un-American heathens who are actually the ones who are responsible for degrading the flag and our ideals.  After all, they're condemning Kaeperick for exercising the very rights that the flag is suppose to represent.  So his condemnation is gross hypocrisy any way you look at it, and in this era of Donald Trump, this nation is becoming ever more renown for such hypocrisy with every day that passes.
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So for me, sports is nothing more, and nothing less, than one of this country’s most valuable tools of both mind control, and White supremacy.  I’ve heard people speak of “healthy competition,”  but there’s no such thing as healthy competition; we’ve only been brainwashed into believing in such a ridiculous concept. Competition by its very nature is based on conflict and division, so the only mature and constructive form of competition is when we compete against the person we were the day before.
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So this Colin Kaepernick controversy represents a Rosa Parks moment in our history. It may represent one of the last chances for all true Americans to come together and standup to the fascist oligarchs who are running this country into the ground.  It may also be our last chance to show these gangsters that even with all of their money, power, and influence, they can't compete against a fed-up and determined people.  That's what Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks did, and if they hadn't, Black people would still be riding on the back of the bus.
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THE KEY TO BLACK LIBERATION

We can’t out-scream the White establishment, because they control the media; we can’t out-fight ‘em, because they control the police and military, and shaking our fists in the air is completely ineffective; so our only alternative is to out-think ‘em, and we have more than enough innate intelligence and creativity to do just that, if we’d only stop wasting our time  knocking each other down on the football field and develop it. 
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Sports teaches you to be one of "US" at a time when you should be training your mind to be the best "YOU" that you can beObviously Colin Kaepernick didn't miss that lesson; that's why the group-think people are condemning him, and the NFL is trying to spank him.  From their point of view he's guilty of the most egregious crime that can be committed - the blasphemy of independent thought.  So they feel that they've got to stamp it out before it begins to catch on.
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So we must use our intellect to recognize that the primary source of the problems we face today is we have literally THOUSANDS of individual groups fighting individual skirmishes for their own particular form of justice.  But the oligarchs are organized and well funded, so they can swat individual groups like flies. So what we need is for ALL of the individual human rights groups to come together under one banner (The Human Rights Coalition) and prepare to fight an all-out war (virtual, of course) for the rights of ALL.

I was listening to Earl Ofari Hutchinson's Roundtable on the radio this weekend, and I learned that the National Football League is a behemoth organization with nearly unlimited power, so they'd make the perfect target for a massive economic assault. The Human Rights Coalition could boycott the NFL and every sponsor and media outlet associated with it to bring it to it's knees. If we could do that, it would send a message out to all of America - and more importantly, to all of America's bought-off politicians -  that the people are fed up, and the fun and games are over. Thereafter, the skirmishes of all the previously isolated groups could be easily addressed, because we will all be standing together, and we'd have a badly wounded NFL to demonstrate that we mean business.
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Thus, this moment in our history presents us with a very important choice. Like Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King before us, we've got to decide whether we're going to stand together, or bend over one at a time.  So if we can come up with any selfish reason not to support Colin Kaepernick, we should simply stop complaining about any form of injustice, and just bend over and spread our cheeks.
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“If there is no struggle, there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet depreciate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground. They want rain without thunder and lightning. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters. This struggle may be a moral one; or it may be a physical one; or it may be both moral and physical; but it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.” - Frederick Douglass
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Eric L. Wattree
Http://wattree.blogspot.com
Ewattree@Gmail.com
Citizens Against Reckless Middle-Class Abuse (CARMA)
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Religious bigotry: It's not that I hate everyone who doesn't look, think, and act like me - it's just that God does.
    
 

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Saturday, August 05, 2017

KUNTA KINTE?  NO - I'M THE GREAT GRANDSON OF TOBY, MY MAN

Beneath the Spin * Eric L. Wattree

KUNTA KINTE?  NO - I'M THE GREAT GRANDSON OF TOBY, MY MAN
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I love my people, but sometimes we have a tendency to front-off, flo-show, and become melodramatic on subjects that we know absolutely nothing about. That’s why, with few exceptions, whenever I’m confronted by brothers with those exotic names and African costumes I tend to dismiss them out of hand.  It’s not that I resent their image and/or persona - I think it’s wonderful that they take pride in their heritage - but because I see it as an affectation designed to suggest a knowledge, wisdom and pride that, more often than not, they seriously lack. 
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One such brother came up lecturing me on the need for Black people to come together and join with our brothers and sisters in Africa. He was talking like the entire continent of Africa constitutes one group of people.  I had to point out to him that there’s more bigotry in Africa than there is here in America, it’s just not racial in nature, it’s based on religion, tribalism, and politics.  In fact, the chances are very great that we were sold into slavery by other Africans in the first place.
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African terrorist groups kidnap or kill Black women and children routinely. The African Islamist group Boko Haram captured more than 300 young girls from a school in northern Nigeria. While some of the girls escaped, the group's leader claimed he planned to sell the rest “at the market place.” There’s also the Abdullah Azzam Brigades, Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, Allied Democratic Forces, Ansar al-Sharia (Libya), Ansar al-Sharia (Tunisia), Ansar Bait al-Maqdis, Ansar Dine, Ansar ul Islam, and the Ansaru Armed Islamic Group of Algeria - and those are just some of the groups in Africa whose name starts with the letter “A.”  So if he took his African-American ass over there trying to lecture true Africans on “brotherhood,” they’d send his head back home in a basket.
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Certainly not all, but many of these brothers are acting out a role designed primarily to impress rather than to disseminate knowledge.  If they truly took pride in what it means to be Black, they’d realize that what makes African-Americans unique is not just our African ancestry, but the knowledge that we’ve obtained through the adversity of trying to survive slavery and Jim Crow right here in America.
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While it is admirable that these brothers want to identify with Africa, they only tend to speak of the kings and queens of Africa with pride. They completely ignore the African-American slaves who suffered and died to get us to where we are today.  Those were the real heroes, and those are the Black people who I most closely identify with.  So, “Naw, I ain’t Kunta Kinte, White boy; I’m the great grandson of Toby, and I want you to remember that as you’re diggin’ my virtual foot out your ass.”  That’s what inspires me, and I’ve worked every day of my adult life to be able to say that with knowledge, confidence, and conviction - no swagger, no fist in the air, and no exotic name or costume, just the power and knowledge of what it means to be an African-American, a group of people who are completely unique in culture, experience and adversity, and it's that very adversity that has made us MORE rather than less.  So my goal, and it should be theirs, is to make Toby swell with pride as he smiles back from the grave at what he has spawned.
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While it may seem that this is among the worst of times for Black people, it is also a time ripe with opportunity.  We’ve been complaining for many years about how we’ve been forced to compete on an uneven playing field.  Well, now that the establishment is involved in a class war and determined to dumb-down ALL of the poor and middle class, it presents an opportunity for Black people to make knowledge the new “soul.”  We can only be dumbed-down if we allow ourselves to be, because knowledge is free.  Thus, if we focus and bring our unique creativity to the task, Black people can very easily become one of the most knowledgeable groups in America. Black women, who have always been at the cutting edge of our culture, have already recognized that fact.
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The National Center for Education Statistics has reported that "black women are now the most educated group in the United States." According to the report, "between 2009 and 2010, black women earned 68 percent of all associate degrees awarded to black students, as well as 66 percent of bachelor’s degrees, 71 percent of master’s degrees and 65 percent of all doctorates awarded to black students."  The report goes on to say, "By both race and gender, a higher percentage of black women (9.7 percent) are enrolled in college than any other group, topping Asian women (8.7 percent), white women (7.1 percent) and white men (6.1 percent)." 
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So it’s time for Black men to stop frontin’ and join our sisters in their enlightenment.  We must start working toward actually becoming the brothers that far too many of us only pretend to be.  So like with Colin Kapernick, it'll become clear when the Black man is truly ready to be liberated, because we too will begin to realize that knowledge is the path to moving forward - not rappin', not saggin', not swaggerin', and not trying to enrich ourselves as individuals by becoming the horse instead of owning the race track - it's knowledge that is power, period. 
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I've been through two riots, and if history repeats itself - and it generally does - when the shit hits the fan the most militant among us will be the first one's to haul ass, with their dashikis fluttering in the wind.  There's good reason for that.  Because they know better than anyone that we can't out-scream the White establishment, because they control the media, and we can't out-fight them, because they control the police and military.  So our only alternative is to out-think them, but all most militants specialize in is talkin' shit.  If they were true thinkers they wouldn't have time for that.  It was brothers like the ones described who sold out Malcolm during the Civil Rights Movement - and I didn't read that from a book, I was around at the time, so I've been here, and done this before.  Brothers like this are not out to liberate Black people, their out to gain personal notoriety, but unfortunately, many young people tend to follow them due to their flamboyance, and their own lack of knowledge.
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So I'm glad the shit-talkers are the first one's to haul ass, because I wouldn't want to go into battle having to depend on no damn Cornel West to have my back. He talks too damn much, and he's too self-serving to have a backbone.  He's a performer, not a warrior, so even when it's only a war of wits, he's afraid that he might be wounded.  Just take a minute to ask yourself, where is Cornel now in the fight against Donald Trump?  I'll tell you where he is - he's hiding under a rock, along with Tavis Smiley.  Now that they don't have a Black man to attack, their dashikis are fluttering in the wind.
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So regardless to what these performers say, we must always remember that we're only 16% of the population, so the first thing we've got to do as a community is to educate ourselves, and then once that's done, we've got to use our creativity to educate the rest of America on how they're being played.  Barack Obama knew that, and that should be our strategy, but in order to do that we're going to have to become more serious, and more sober-minded to get the people's attention.  We've got to get away from this "Keeping it Gangster" mentality - and YES WE CAN!   If we can teach America to sing, dance, and play basketball, we can also teach them to think - and this time, our way.  The establishment has been using our celebrity and creativity to shout to the world that our mothers are "bitches" and "hoes", and that we take pride in being gangsters, murderers, and dope fiends.  We've got to turn that around, and use that very same celebrity and creativity to re-educate America - just like Bird, Miles and John Coltrane did - to the fact that we weren't just a bunch of grinnin' and mindless Stepin' Fetchits.  So while Kunta Kinte was quite admirable, it's the great grandson of Toby, with all of the knowledge, wisdom, and power of adversity, who now stands before you - and with great pride.

I NOW STAND FIRM
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ERIC WATTREE, JR.
I now stand firm. My dedication to the power of knowledge is the platform upon which my podium rests. I stand firm, strong, and now free. Free of anger. Free of self-delusion. Free of the folly of empty vanity, and free of the pernicious bane of meaningless pride without substance.
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I stand free to look upon the eyes of other men, reflecting dignity over sorrow, and accomplishment over pain; I stand with a burning passion, fueled by the very flame that forged ancestral shackles,with a deep sense of pride and a pride that flows deep.
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I now stand erect. The steel that once degraded my father, that chained him in bondage to this bitter Earth, now reinforce my character, making me more, rather than less; and the blood and sweat that once drenched his brow, now rage with resolve and a sense of purpose within my burning breast.
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I now stand as a new being - neither simply African, nor simply American, but a hybrid forced to transcend the sum of my parts; no longer simply African, since being torn away from the African motherland to suffer and toil in the fields of America, and more than simply American, after being forced to be more than simply American just to survive within the bowels of this prosperous land.
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Thus, I stand now armed - armed with the wisdom of deprivation, the courage of my conviction, and a deep conviction of my courage; and fortified - with the confidence of a survivor, the empowerment of knowledge, and a ravishing hunger for greatness.
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I now stand the product of love, struggle, and sacrifice; a witness to man's inhumanity to man, and a monument to the hopes and dreams of a million slaves.
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I now stand embraced by my creator, as God now smiles upon my people.
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Yes, I Now Stand Firm.
Firm, Black, and Free.
-Wattree.

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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

DONALD TRUMP: TRAITOR IN CHIEF

Beneath the Spin * Eric L. Wattree

DONALD TRUMP: TRAITOR IN CHIEF
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Trump supporters are constantly claiming that "Deep State" is out to get him. Deep State is not “out to get” Trump, they're only trying to protect America from an idiot.  That’s their job. Trump is his own worst enemy, and he has made it clear that he's unfit for office. Even his own staff is disgusted with him, that's why the White House is leaking like a sieve. The only people who care about Trump are a handful of bigots, and even THEY'RE beginning to see the light, because it seems that everything he does and says is immature and stupid. So in terms of getting the people's admiration and respect, becoming president was the very worst thing that could have ever happened to Trump, because it’s placed his immaturity, narcissism, and gross ignorance on public display.
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The real problem is, Putin makes Trump look like the lightweight he is, and that makes the American people look like lightweights. Leaders all over the world know that the best way to get whatever they want out of Trump is to give him a parade, because at his core Trump is an insecure, self-absorbed man-child desperately seeking validation. He’s so emotionally immature that the only thing important to him is self-aggrandizement. That’s why he’s so fixated on the myth that he had the biggest crowds in history at his inauguration. He seems determined to prove that he’s a great man who is adored by the masses, so he doesn’t have time to be worried about little “petty” things like the suffering of the American people or the sorry state of this nation, that’s irrelevant. The only thing that’s important to him is to prove that the American people love and admire Donald Trump, and any evidence that suggests otherwise is “fake news.” The man is absolutely delusional, and anyone who can’t see that is also less than fully grounded - and that’s far more than just an opinion, it's the general consensus of the American people.  Read the polls.
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That makes him an extremely dangerous man, because he'll put self before country every time. He doesn't know how to think in any other way.  Look at his behavior in the current North Korean nuclear crisis, for example. He's capable of starting WWIII just to raise his poll numbers, but he's so clueless he could also do it inadvertently. Without thinking it through, discussing it with his staff, or even giving it a second thought, he told the North Koreans, "North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States. They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen." That was a needlessly stupid escalation of a very dangerous situation. He's playing a game of "chicken," with another egomaniacal lunatic with the lives of the American people. That alone shows that he's completely irresponsible.
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His poor judgement and self-absorbed nature could even be seen when he spoke at a Boy Scout jamboree where it is traditional to give uplifting and patriotic speeches to our youth, but his speech was all about Donald Trump: "Boy, you have a lot of people here. The press will say it's about 200 people. It looks like about 45,000 people. You set a record today. You set a record." And then he goes on to say, referring to election night before an audience of children, "But do you remember that incredible night with the maps and the Republicans are red and the Democrats are blue, and that map was so red, it was unbelievable, and they didn't know what to say?"  It was so over-the-top that the Boy Scouts of America had to issue a public apology for the conduct of the President of the United States. Politico reported:
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“The head of the Boy Scouts of America apologized to the group’s members on Thursday after President Donald Trump delivered a meandering, controversial and frequently political speech to the organization's National Jamboree on Monday. ‘I want to extend my sincere apologies to those in our Scouting family who were offended by the political rhetoric that was inserted into the jamboree,’ Chief Scout Executive Michael Surbaugh said in a letter published online. ‘That was never our intent.’ . . . Surbaugh noted in the letter that the group is nonpartisan and has had a ‘long-standing tradition’ of inviting the sitting president to speak at the event since its inception in 1937. He reiterated that Trump’s appearance at the gathering was ‘no way an endorsement of any person, party or policies.”’
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Now that has to be a first, for the Boy Scouts to have to apologize for the behavior of the President of the United States. It clearly demonstrates the Donald Trump's horrible judgement, the man we’d have to depend on if this nation comes under threat. Are you frightened yet?  If not, there’s something wrong with you.
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So again Trump has dangerously poor judgement, and he’s completely self-absorbed.  More proof of that is he’s allied himself with an historic foreign adversary against 17 U.S. intelligence agencies whose sole job it is to protect the American people.  That clearly shows that Trump’s only loyalty is to himself, so his allegiance is not to country, or to his supporters - as Jeff Sessions, Sean Spicer, Anthony Scaramucci, and many other White House staffers are currently beginning to recognize - but to whoever smiles at him the brightest on any given day, and a man like that cannot be trusted.  There’s a word for such people - sociopath.  

In a meeting in the Oval Office (in which he banned the U.S. press) he criticized the director of OUR FBI and gave top secret information (information that was so highly classified that it was only disseminated within our own government on a need-to-know basis) to our Russian adversaries just to show what a big shot he is, and length that he was willing to go to protect his very special relationship with Vladimir Putin.  According to the New York Times, He said:  “I just fired the head of the F.B.I. He was crazy, a real nut job. I faced great pressure because of Russia. That’s taken off.”  Can you imagine ANY President of the United States with even the most routine level of common sense ever saying such a thing to a foreign adversary!!!?
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I'm a former Marine, and I can tell you without a doubt that the people who fought and died for this country (while Trump was getting 5 deferments to avoid putting his own cowardly life on the line) are rolling over in their graves. If Ike Eisenhower (the last responsible Republican to hold office) was still around, he'd have Trump summarily shot.
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That's what's so disgusting about having Trump occupying the Oval Office. His mere presence diminishes the memory of the great men who preceded him. He constitutes nothing less than a smudge on the presidency. That's why it's so important that he be impeached. Trump's impeachment would restore the dignity to the office of the President of the United States, because Trumps very presence suggests to the world that even a treasonous coward can become President of the United States, and that doesn't serve America well.  Some of our oldest and most respected allies have all but completely written us off after only 6 months of observing Donald Trump.  This guy is so self-absorbed and narcissistic that he would get us involved in a nuclear war just to raise his poll numbers.  So we'd better correct this grievous error - and in a hurry!
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Republican Sen. Bob Corker: Trump has not shown 'competence' needed to lead
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“I think in spite of the fact that people are polarized in our nation right now, people have to understand that we should hope that (Trump) aspires, that he does some self-reflection, that he does what is necessary to demonstrate stability, to demonstrate competence, to demonstrate that he understands the character of our nation and works daily to bring out the best in the people of our nation,” he said.
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Trump also needs “to take stock of the role he plays in our nation and move beyond himself, move way beyond himself, and move to place where daily he’s waking up thinking of what’s best for the nation,” Corker said.
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That’s the message that America has got to get across to the handful of true Republican patriots left - that Americans have fought and died for this democracy for over 241 years, and Trump's silly, undignified, and treacherous behavior is a slap in the face of all of those brave American patriots. They didn't give up their lives for this, so by supporting Trump, the modern Republican Party has turned into a party of traitors.
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Just based on what we currently know, the entire Trump family should already be in jail, and Trump knows it. That’s why he fired FBI Director Comey, is publically humiliating Attorney General Sessions, is threatening investigator Mueller, and as we speak, he’s already exploring his authority to pardon himself, his family, and associates. He's furious with Attorney General Sessions recusing himself from the Russian investigation because he was depending on Sessions' "loyalty" to sabotage the investigation into his alleged crimes.
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TO HELL WITH GODWIN'S LAW -
WHAT IF IT'S TRUE?

The Attorney General is suppose to be independent. His loyalty is suppose to be to the United States Constitution, not to some bratty bigshot wannabe having a hissy fit because he can't have his way over the founding fathers. That's not democracy, that's fascism - but the dangerous part is, I don't think Trump even knows the difference. If he did, he'd know what a fool he's making of himself. So we cannot allow him to pardon himself. We should impeach him FIRST - before he fills our government with Russian agents -  and THEN bring criminal charges, and we should impeach Vice President Pence as well for misprision of treason. Donald Trump is his own worst enemy. The man doesn’t even have sense enough not to make himself look guilty, so how can we depend on his judgement to guide this nation? The fact is, we can’t. 
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It took an act of congress to get Trump to sign off on sanctions against the Russians for meddling in our elections, and even then they had to insert a clause saying that he couldn't reduce them - "I'm sorry Putie.  I tried to be a good boy but they won't let me."  As a result, Putin spanked him by evicting the United States from two U.S. embassy compounds, and throwing 755 American embassy staff out of Russia.  You see, Trump goes for bad toward his subordinates and the press, but he's a weak puppet with respect to Vladimir Putin. That's why he's tried at least twice to establish a "backchannel" (secret) means of communication with Putin outside the hearing of our intelligence community.  He's been compromised by the Russians through his private business deals, so there's no telling what he might do to make up for his bad behavior toward "Putie." Trump tweet: "Do you think Putin will be going to The Miss Universe Pageant in November in Moscow - if so, will he become my new best friend?"  Those are the words of a weakling.  He sounds like a child.  Can you imagine Putin ever saying anything like that about Trump?  Of course not.  Because whatever else he might be, Putin is a serious adult, a trait in which Trump is seriously lacking.
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But through the benefit of 20/20 hindsight it's easy to see how Donald Trump got caught up in this. Due to his arrogance, greed, narcissism, and poor judgement, he thought, and he still thinks, he's above the law.  But there's only one thing I like about Trump, he makes me appreciate the intelligence, dignity, and statesmanship of Barack Obama all the more.  Trump makes George W. Bush look like one of the founding fathers, and he's gonna put Barack Obama on Mount Rushmore single-handedly.

THIS IS WHY TRUMP THREATENED SPECIAL INVESTIGATOR MUELLER TO STAY OUT OF HIS PERSONAL FINANCES


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So Republicans better wake up, or they're going down with him. This can rock their boat for decades.  When all this begins to sink in on the American people, and they begin to realize that this is more than just a fight between liberals and conservatives, America is not going to vote for anyone who supported a traitor.

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FISCAL CONSERVATIVES
Here's the problem. The Republican Party is made up of three factions with coinciding interests.  First you have the fiscal conservatives. These are the globalists like Donald Trump who control the party. They're cynical, unpatriotic, and heartless. Their only allegiance is to the dollar, so they don't care anything about the nation, or the American people.  That's why they're leaving no stone unturned to strip countless millions of Americans of their health-care.  They're willing to let people die in the street in order to give themselves a lucrative tax cut. These people call any attempt to protect the American people from their manipulative greed socialism. They claim that "the American way" is for people to fend for themselves, but ironically, they felt much differently during the 2008 crash when they came, hat-in-hand, begging the American people to rescue them from their own misdeeds.  Then once they were back on their feet, they used their restored wealth to buy politicians to undermine the standard of living of those very same American people who rescued them.
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CHILD LABOR DURING
THE GREAT DEPRESSION
There's a philosophical reason for this that goes all the way back to the founding of this nation.  These people are just as bigoted toward class as any Klan member is toward race - in fact, the Klan was taught to be bigots by these people so they could use the Klan as a tool to undermine the poor and working class.

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Alexander Hamilton, one of the founding fathers of fiscal conservatism believed that only those who owned property should even be allowed to vote.  He said:
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 "All communities divide themselves into the few and the many. The first are the rich and wellborn, the other the mass of the people.... The people are turbulent and changing; they seldom judge or determine right. Give therefore to the first class a distinct, permanent share in government. They will check the unsteadiness of the second, and as they cannot receive any advantage by a change, they therefore will ever maintain good government." (Debates of the Federalist Convention - May 14-September 17, 1787).
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Hamilton's views were summarily rejected by the founding fathers, mainly because many of them left Europe to escape the class system.  But those who hold Hamilton's view are still among us, they simply have to remain discreet, and contrive various pretexts to camouflage their agenda in order to remain politically viable. Today, these people are called fiscal conservatives, and their agenda is clearly visible to anyone who's not so blinded by hatred and self-interest that they take the time to see.  The fiscal conservative agenda is simply being disguised and hidden within the fabric of purposely instigated racism, sexism, xenophobia, and other forms of hatred, bigotry, and division.  But anyone who takes the time to be objective will immediately recognize that the GOP specializes in using emotion to circumvent clear thinking, and thereby, the will and best interest of the people. 
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The only reason they call the Affordable Care Act "Obamacare" is to remind racist bigots that regardless to whether it is helpful to them and their family or not, it was enacted by an "uppity" Black man, Barack Obama.  And that's the primary reason they're so determined to appeal it - even the lucrative tax cut to the rich is just sweetener, because they're so rich they don't really need it.
SOCIAL CONSERVATIVE
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So as a direct result of this conservative subterfuge we have the second faction in the Republican Party, the social conservatives - or bigots. They serve as the fiscal conservatives' storm troopers.  They keep the people divided so the controlling faction of the Republican Party won't suffer the same fate as Alexander Hamilton during the Federalist Convention.
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Social conservatives, or bigots, tend to be the mediocrity of White society, so they try to use the fact that they were born White to define themselves and to compensate for their lack of personal value. Their entire sense of self-esteem is based more upon group association than individual value and accomplishment, and their entire claim to personal significance is, "Well, at least I'm better than them."
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That's what drove radical conservatives so crazy about President Obama - he's walking, breathing, evidence that they cannot claim superiority by virtue of the color T-shirt they were born in, and that simple fact alone has caused them to suffer a severe attack of cognitive dissonance before the eyes of the entire world. That's also why they're so determined not to allow President Obama to be seen as the great president that he was, even if it means destroying the country - and international corporatists are using the social division inherent in those sentiments to lower the standard of living of the American people - and our hatred, division, and ignorance is playing right into their hands.


MITCH MCCONNELL'S
CONSTITUENTS

So this entire nation, and the future of our children, is being threatened by the desperate attempt of a handful of insecure bigots to maintain their delusions of superiority, and as far as they’re concerned, if the country has to be sacrificed for that cause, so be it . . . thus, Donald Trump.
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So Trump's call to "Make America Great Again" is actually racist code for taking America back to when bigotry was the law of the land, ignorant and undereducated White boys were honored and looked up to, and women were kept barefoot and pregnant. Thus, what we're Currently witnessing in America is not the GOP's attempt to improve the lives of the American people, but the GOP'S desperate attempt to erase Barack Obama from history (by any means necessary), and an effort to resuscitate Jim Crow from the final vestiges of his dying gasp. 
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This nation has NEVER lived up to the myth that the American flag is suppose to represent.  During the "Manifest Destiney" era (when Europeans came here and claimed that "God wants us to have this land"), after being welcomed here by the Native Americans, they responded by presenting them with disease-infected blankets, and then bringing in their army to eradicate them. We condemn the Nazis for killing 6 million Jews, but in the end American settlers killed as many as 100 million Native Americans in order to take their land. Thereafter, they moved on to either kill are make the lives of millions of African slaves miserable. Then after slavery, there was the Jim Crow era in which millions of African-Americans were discriminated against, brutalized, and in many cases murdered. And during that same time the nation was involved in WWII where Japanese-American citizens had their property seized and entire families were placed in concentration camps. In addition, the United States dropped not one, but TWO atomic bombs on the innocent men, women and children of Japan - and since they were noncombatants,  that made it THE MOST horrendous act of terrorism in ALL of human history. But “America the Beautiful” still wasn’t done - it went on to kill 3.1 million Vietnamese (2 million of which were innocent civilian men, women, and children), and then did the very same thing to the people of Iraq (they were more compassionate with Iraqis, however - they only killed a million of them), and for no reason whatsoever, other than they didn’t like the cut of their jib. So in which era of atrocities was "America Great" the first the first time, Mr. Trump?
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So in the true tradition of American hypocrisy, Trump doesn't care anything about "Making America Great Again," because it's never been great; it's all a bunch of patriotic hype.  What he actually wants is a return to the status quo where the rich are free to become richer regardless to who they have to abuse and/or destroy to accomplish that goal - and in this global economy that includes the American people.  So in spite of all of their preaching, pronouncements and evangelizing, it's not simply Obamacare that they're desperately trying to repeal, they're trying to repeal Obama and his legacy, even if it means taking away the healthcare of 22 million Americans.  So that's what we're currently dealing with in this country - ignorant bigots being controlled by the rich who are willing to cut their own throats, and the throat of the nation, because they're too uninformed to see the big picture, and too angry to care.  And due to that very same ignorance, anger and selfishness, these people are easy to control by simply inundating them with a constant drumbeat of disinformation - thus, FOX News.
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But there is hope, because the third faction in the Republican Party are traditional and legitimate conservatives.  These are Eisenhower conservatives - many of my neighbors are such people, and they're beginning to see the light.  These people simply believe in love of country, low-key ideals, and living reasonable and responsible lives, so Trump is much too over-the-top for them - and they don't understand his love affair with Russia at all.  These are the people who can kick the legs out from under the Republican corruption of this country, because they are part of the Republican base.  If Trump loses them, his approval ratings will dip into the low twenties, and Republican politicians will abandon him in droves. So these are the people that progressives should be speaking to.  We've got to bring an end to this tendency to simply talk to ourselves.  Instead of always being so combative, we've got to educate, because all people of good will have simply got to come together.  This is not a liberal versus conservative issue.  This is an American issue, so we better wake up.

I'VE GOT TO HAND IT TO PUTIN,  HE'S CONQUERING AMERICA WITHOUT FIRING A SHOT.  HE’S DEPENDING ON REPUBLICAN HATRED AND GREED OVERWHELMING THEIR LOYALTY TO OUR COUNTRY.  SO IT'S NO WONDER PUTIN WORKED SO HARD FOR TRUMP - HE SAW THE IDIOCY OF HIS SELFISH - TRUMP-BEFORE-COUNTRY - NARCISSISM  BEFORE WE DID.
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Eric L. Wattree
http://wattree.blogspot.com/
Ewattree@Gmail.com
Citizens Against Reckless Middle-Class Abuse (CARMA)
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Religious bigotry: It's not that I hate everyone who doesn't look, think, and act like me - it's just that God does.

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THE ANOINTED ONES  

BENEATH THE SPIN • ERIC L. WATTREE

THE ANOINTED ONES  

The reverend took a young member of his flock down to a basement office of the church. Once down there, he first, took her hand, and then when she didn’t resist, he started to rub her beautiful brown thighs and said, “Now I don’t want you to get this wrong. I’m not trying to seduce you.  I didn’t bring you down here for me; I brought you to this solitary place for YOU.  I’ve been anointed by God, and I can relieve you of all your suffering and pain, and the Lord brought mine eyes upon you while I was preaching from the pulpit. I knew at that very moment that you were chosen. The lord chose YOU to be blessed with my anointment. He chose YOU as the beneficiary of peace, love, happiness, and fulfillment. Say amen, my dear.” And the young woman said, “Amen, Reverend.”
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Then the reverend went on. “Now, many of the ungodly would frown upon this.  They would say, ‘She’s too young, Reverend!’, so we must keep this to ourselves. But these people are ungodly, and they don’t know the workings of the Lord. The Lord works in mysterious ways, and with God there is no age, there are only souls that need peace and guidance. Say Amen, my angel.”  And the young girl said, “Amen, Reverend.” 
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Then as he began to rub her heaving breasts, and freed them from the bondage of her bra, he said, “Just as I’ve freed your breasts, I can free your soul. Do you understand, my dear?” As the young women began to breathe more deeply in response to his lips against her nipples, she said, “Oh, yes, Reverend. I understand. Praise the Lord!” She then sucked in another breath as she began to squeeze her beast into his mouth.
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The reverend then had her stand up, and by now his breath was also coming faster at just the vision of this 16 year-old beauty, and the anticipation of what was to come.  He kissed her gently, as he unzipped her dressed and allowed it to fall to the floor to reveal the most perfectly sculptured young body that he had ever beheld.
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By this time he was beside himself with excitement, and he could feel his throbbing manhood quivering with anticipation.  This wasn’t the first time he had shared the blessing of his anointment with a member of his church, but this was different. This ravishing beauty was so young, so innocent, and so selflessly accommodating. And he could tell that she was just as anxious as he to feel his manly power throbbing within her.  So he laid her on the sofa and began to make mad, and passionate love as she moaned in delight and pushed her hungry body against his thrusting manliness. “Oh, thank you Jesus for bringing this luscious young angel into my sanctuary!”  And the young girl trembled and shouted, “Yes, Yes!  Oh, thank you, Lord!”
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Then at the very height of their passion, when they were both moaning to one another in tongue, the reverend felt an unusual sensation. Then it became more intense, and before he knew it he was itching all over - even his toenails were itching.  So he jumped up and asked in a panic, “What’s going on here!!!?” 
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And the young lady said, “You said you were anointed to relieve me of all my suffering and pain, so I thought you might be able to relieve me of these crabs.  The doctor said they were resistant to medication, but he wasn't anointed by God.  So say Amen, Reverend, and  HALLELUJAH!!!  I feel better already."



Eric L. Wattree
Http://wattree.blogspot.com
Ewattree@Gmail.com

Citizens Against Reckless Middle-Class Abuse (CARMA)

Religious bigotry: It's not that I hate everyone who doesn't look, think, and act like me - it's just that God does.

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AMERICA'S GOT ITS PRIORITIES CONFUSED - WE SHOULD PAY OUR TEACHERS LIKE POLITICIANS, AND POLITICIANS MINIMUM WAGE

BENEATH THE SPIN • ERIC L. WATTREE

AMERICA'S GOT ITS PRIORITIES CONFUSED - WE SHOULD PAY OUR TEACHERS LIKE POLITICIANS, AND POLITICIANS MINIMUM WAGE
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Contrary to popular belief, surviving the adversity of the Black community requires the ability to think. When I look back upon my life I can only imagine the contributions that some of my friends could have made to this society had they not succumb to the adversity of having to survive the Black experience. The only reason that I survived was through a combination of luck, and the fact that I lacked the personal courage that many of my friends were blessed with, so I was willing to put up with many of the things that they were prepared to either lay their lives on the line to fight, or they found so unbearable that they essentially committed suicide through the use of drugs or by other means.
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But I wasn’t the smartest of my friends by a long shot - in fact, when I was in elementary school I was about to be placed in "Special Training" because I couldn’t keep up. The only reason I wasn’t was because my teacher at the time, Ms. Lady Lee, convinced the principal, Mr. DiTonto, to give her a semester to work with me, and during that semester, she taught me the key to being a survivor - it’s all about self-concept.
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Ms. Lee was a statuesque, dignified lady. She was also a concert-quality pianist. In any event, she pulled me to the side, and said, "Eric, let’s play a game. For the rest of the year I want you to pretend to be the smartest person in class," and I agreed. It didn’t make sense to me, but I was willing to do anything to avoid the humiliation of being segregated from the rest of the "normal" students and put into the "Dummy Brigade" - which, by the way, is a practice they should do away with. That’s a horrible assault on a child’s self-esteem.
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So from that point on, instead of simply being my teacher, Ms. Lee became my fellow conspirator. We "conspired" to pull off one of the biggest hoaxes ever perpetrated against Holmes Ave. Elementary School, and she had a plan that was brilliant in its simplicity. All I had to do was stay a chapter ahead of the rest of the class so I'd be the only one who had the answer to the questions that she'd put to us. I was amazed at how devious this lady was. I was also amazed that she would help me pull off such an elaborate hoax on all my unsuspecting classmates. But what made me feel especially close to her was that we shared a secret that nobody else knew about. That made me feel special.
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Before long I began to notice that people started treating me differently - in fact, the most sought-after girl in class - a girl who wouldn’t even speak to any of the boys in class - casually walked up to me during lunch one day and said, "Hi, Eric. Can I sit here?" That started a friendship that lasted through high school.  In fact, when we became teenagers she even wanted to take it to the next level, but by that time I'd met the young girl who was later to become my wife and the mother of my children.
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But it wasn’t only Freddie (that was her name) who was treating me differently, by the end of the semester I noticed that I was being treated differently by everyone, peers and grownups alike. Even as a nine year-old kid, I noticed that people seemed to treat me with more respect. Yet, I was the very same person that everyone used to dismiss as dim-witted. I hadn’t changed a bit. The only difference in me was the new respect that I had for myself, and the fact that I would always come home and read a chapter ahead of the rest of the class to maintain the fraud that I was perpetrating.
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After a while I began to cherish this newfound respect that I was getting from others. In fact, I had become so used to it that I knew that I could never go back to the way things had been before, so I use to be constantly afraid that I was going to be found out. But gradually I began to see the light - I had absolutely nothing to worry about, because most "smart" people are perpetrating a hoax.  They realize that the key to making people think you're smart is to simply remain a chapter ahead of the rest of the class, or in this case, society.  It's the confidence you exude by staying informed that makes others think you're smart, and your intelligence grows to accommodate your newfound interests.  I thank God that I learned that as a kid, because I've been using it to pull the wool over people's eyes ever since.
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Thank you, Ms. Lee.
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Eric L. Wattree
Http://wattree.blogspot.com
Ewattree@Gmail.com

Citizens Against Reckless Middle-Class Abuse (CARMA)

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Thursday, July 20, 2017

THE FINE ART OF CHILLIN'

Beneath the Spin * Eric L. Wattree

THE FINE ART OF CHILLIN'
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My woman is always telling me that I'm the only person she knows who don't care about money. She asks, why do you just walk away from money-making opportunities? The answer is simple. Money can complicate your life, and we've got to learn to chill.
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Life is short, and the key to life is happiness, not spending all of your waking hours chasing a dollar. As long as you have enough money to live comfortably and pay your bills, that's all you need. So instead of dedicating your life to chasing a dollar, you should spend your time doing things with your family, developing your mind, and pursuing the things that you enjoy in life. We should dedicate our lives to being more accessible to our mates, and making our children more stable and informed individuals, not running around trying to prove to strangers how much of a bigshot we can be. 
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When my late wife and I first got married at 19 and 21 years old we didn't have a dime, but we would get all dressed up in matching outfits, catch the bus to the show, and then spend the rest of the day downtown "eye-buying."  Then when we were done we'd come back home and make love - after we took a basket of bottles to Fine's Market to help buy dinner. Those were the rough times, when we were kids and just starting out.  But now that she's gone, those are the days that I cherish most, not the ones when we were much more prosperous.  So I've long since recognized that some of the happiest days of my life didn't have a thing to do with money.
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I know, a lot of people are gonna think I'm crazy, but that's why so many of them are unhappy, having strokes, getting divorced, and suffering from high blood pressure, because instead of allowing themselves to be happy, they're busy trying to impress others with how much money they can hoard, how big a car they can drive, and how many women they can juggle.  What's wrong with making one woman happy and basking in her love for you? - "Hey, baby, I'll give you a piece of my chili dog if you'll bring me some ice for my gin."  

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Take Trump, for example.  He has billions of dollars, but he doesn't seem like a happy man to me, and neither do the many millionaires in congress. They seem like people who are desperate to get more of what's not making them happy in the first place, and they don't know why.  But I do know why, because they've allowed this capitalists system to brainwash them into believing that their self-worth is defined by how many dollars they can hoard, even at the expense of stealing it from others and making other people's lives miserable.  We have this need to always want more - which has led to slavery, murder, mayhem, and the genocide of over 100 million Native Americans - because the blind pursuit of dollars has become the be all and end all of life.  I think that’s bullshit. Give me a John Coltrane CD, a comfortable lounger, a chili dog, and a pint of gin, and I'm in Heaven.
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I mean, what do I need a billion dollars for?  As long as I can pay my house note and I've got the price of another chili dog, why do I need a mansion when I can only live in one room at a time?  The answer is, I don't.  All I need is tranquility, peace of mind, and the knowledge that I'll be more in touch with reality tomorrow than I was yesterday - and dollars can't buy me that, because once I hoard 'em, I've got to fight to keep 'em. So it's a never-ending rat race.
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So you can go out there and waste your life always hustlin’ all you like. I’m gonna to spend my life contemplating the wonders of the universe, squeezin' my woman's fine, but growin' body - "Yeah it's growin', baby, but that's all right with me" -  and enjoying what I already have.  And no, I'm not lazy, I just don't let others tell me what's important in life.  Life is about livin’, not hustlin’, and the key to happiness is keepin’ life simple. 
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So naw, I can’t be out there chasin’ no dollars with you today, homeboy, I’m much too busy chillin’.  I'm workin' on my epitaph - "Here lies Eric.  He wasn't rich, but he sure knew how to kick-it like he was . . . "

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"Hey, I like that tune. Turn up the radio and pass me my ax - and give me my chili dog back; you don't need it . . .  But I love you anyway, baby, long butt and all.  You deserve me. Are you happy?"
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See, man,  she's happy, so all I need is her, and another chili dog - "With onions this time, baby." 
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So man, the only thing good about money is having enough to make her smile.



CHILLIN'

"HOME BASE TO VOYAGER, COME IN PLEASE."


Eric L. Wattree
Http://wattree.blogspot.com
Ewattree@Gmail.com
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Religious bigotry: It's not that I hate everyone who doesn't look, think, and act like me - it's just that God does.


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Monday, July 17, 2017

INTERRACIAL MARRIAGE AND THE IGNORANCE OF BIGOTRY

Beneath the Spin * Eric L. Wattree

INTERRACIAL MARRIAGE AND THE IGNORANCE  OF BIGOTRY
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"FREE YOUR MIND,
AND YOUR ASS WILL FOLLOW"
Here we go again, with this silly debate over interracial marriage. With all of the real problems we have in this world, you’d think that people would realize that becoming fixated on who's marrying who is just plain dumb.  If you don't like race mixing, simply don’t marry anyone of a different race and mind your own business.  When two people fall in love and get married, it's nobody's business but their own. Yet, in spite of the fact that most people don’t have a firm grip on their own lives, they want to try to control everyone else’s. Life could be so sweet and simple if we’d just learn to mind our own damn business.  But the fact that we just can’t seem to do that is causing much of our misery.
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We're currently in a class war, so if the poor and middle class don't stop this nonsense, recognize that fact, and come together we're doomed. The establishment has Blacks against Whites, straights against gays, citizens against immigrants, and Christians against any and everybody who doesn't look, think and act like themselves, and it's killing us, because as we fight among one another, the corporatists are cutting all of our throats.  That's how we got stuck with Trump, instead of minding their own business, people voted their hatred and anger. Now many of them are threatened with having their badly needed healthcare taken away just to give the rich a tax cut.  But they didn't think that far in advance. All they wanted to do was erase Barack Obama's legacy from history.  They voted to hurt people they didn't like, but what they didn't consider was their votes would come back to haunt them, because they're of the very same class as the people who they're voting against.  That's the way hatred and bigotry works. It invariably backfires, because it's the enemy's most effective weapon against the people.  Thus, this foolish backlash against interracial marriage only serves to undermine the people as a whole and promote the interest of our most insidious enemy, the corporatists, because hatred and bigotry divides people who should be allies in the war to save the poor and middle class.  And trying to block love is fruitless in any event. You can't put up barriers to love because love is nature's way of perpetuating the species and forging humanity into what we are destined to become.  So these loving couples are going to roll right over any attempt to keep them apart, and they have God, nature, and the evolution of mankind on their side.
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WHAT IS THIS AFRICAN AMERICAN'S
ANCESTRY?
As nations go, The United States is in its infancy. It’s only 241 years old among nations like Iraq that’s been around for thousands of years before the birth of Christ.  So we’re destined to become one people just like in more ancient civilizations.  Considering the way that people are coming together and intermarrying, in another couple of hundred years or so to be an American won't simply be a nationality, it’ll  to be an ethnicity, and there's nothing we can do to stop that, because that’s the way the world, and nature, works - and the social media is rushing that day forward even faster, because it's teaching people who ordinarily wouldn't even come into contact with one another that beneath our skin, we're not really that different.  If you'll notice, the internet is not divided by race. People are now grouping based on interests, and worldview, just as they should be.  Because the bottom line is, there are only two types of people in this world, those who are enlightened, and those who are unable to adapt to a changing environment.  
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So with regard to maintaining "racial purity" African Americans have already been mongrelized beyond description. Yes, we have African roots, but pure-blooded Africans we’re not - we're AFRICAN AMERICANS, a unique and separate group of people, with our own traditions, background, and culture. I’ve had people remind me that Barack Obama is part White, and I tell them, yes, that means he’s African American, and 99.9% of all African Americans are part White.  My great grandmother, Miss Cassie, looked like a White woman with big lips, and my great grandfather was German.  Now that I’m getting older, I can’t even wear a natural anymore, because my hair has reverted back to being straight for some reason. So as Afrocentric as I've always tried to be all of my life, some White boy deep in my ancestry is having the last laugh - He's saying, "Hey Homie, peek-a-boo.”  My mother used tell me that my natural looked like a carpet, so if  somebody had told me 20 years ago that one day the wind would be able to blow my hair out of place I would have told them they were out of their mind, but that day has come. Thus, if racial purity is our goal, it’s far too late for that, so we might as well stop whining about it.  We'd be much better served to focus our efforts on bringing the poor and middle class of the various races, and every other division, together to work toward our survival.
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But again, if racial purity happens to be your thing, instead of worrying about other people's marriages, you should be focused on many of our young brothers, because they're a huge stumbling blocks to that effort. They’re killing each other, going to jail, becoming dope fiends, and failing to educate themselves, while the National Center for Education Statistics has reported that "black women are now the most educated group in the United States." According to the report, "between 2009 and 2010, black women earned 68 percent of all associate degrees awarded to black students, as well as 66 percent of bachelor’s degrees, 71 percent of master’s degrees and 65 percent of all doctorates awarded to black students."  The report goes on to say, "By both race and gender, a higher percentage of black women (9.7 percent) are enrolled in college than any other group, topping Asian women (8.7 percent), white women (7.1 percent) and white men (6.1 percent)."  On the other hand, here's what far too many of our young brothers are doing:
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What these brothers are engaged in all but insures that if things continue as they are there’s going to be a lack of suitable Black mates for Black women.  So if we really want to slow down race mixing, we need to stop hating and do something constructive about this - and in a hurry.  We need, somehow, to get these brothers to grow up, because 47 year-old teenagers don't make good fathers. 
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THE AMERICAN FAMILY.
IT'S COMING, SO YOU MIGHT AS WELL
GET READY FOR IT.
The fact is, many Black men have a lot of opinions about what it means to be Black, but unfortunately, none of them seem to have anything to do with improving themselves and moving forward.  Most of their opinions have more to do with trying to be cool, macho, rappers, and driving big cars.  On the other hand, Black women are moving forward at an unprecedented rate. So while Black women have been renowned for their love of Black men, and their willingness to stand by them under the most trying circumstances over the centuries, for a highly educated and intelligent woman to have to put up with what is essentially a child with whiskers who refers to women as "bitches" and "hoes", it's going to prove more than even they can bear (But, in fairness, sometimes the reverse is also true, where we have upwardly mobile Black men connected to foot-dragging women. I've also known that to be the case).  But the point is, if we want to enhance our culture we shouldn't be wasting our time worrying about who's marrying who, because we have some serious work to do on our own lives.
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THIS IS THE DEATH OF BLACK FAMILIES,
BLACK PEOPLE, AND THE BLACK CULTURE.
Due to our failure to address Black issues on a community level and clearly define who we are and who we aspire to be as a people, as Black individuals we're growing, or failing to grow, at very different rates. We have both absolute brilliance and absolute stupidity coexisting in the Black community.  As a result, many among us are seeking companionship on emotional and intellectual levels rather than by race.  After all, we are what we think, not what we look like, and you can only trust a person who looks like you some of the time, while you can trust a person who thinks like you all of the time.  So when looked at in that way, it makes perfect sense for an individual to seek out and marry a person who's more like themselves by disposition, worldview, and intellect than they are by skin color. When we begin to recognize that we are what we think, the color of a person's skin becomes irrelevant. 
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People are beginning to realize that they don't have to go through life miserable by passing up their soulmate just to prove that they love their people.  If I woke up tomorrow and my woman was White, it might take some getting use to, but it wouldn't mean a thing to me, because I love her because of who she is, not what she is.
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As an example of that, if two people were drowning and I could only save one, I'd save Bernie Sanders long before I'd even think about saving Clarence Thomas, Ben Carson, or Allen West, because Bernie thinks more like I do, so as far as I'm concerned, he's my brother, while those others may look like me, they're "brothers from another mother," and many Black people are choosing their mates by using that very same rationale. Thoughtful Black people recognize that if they truly hate bigots, they should never allow themselves to support the philosophy and mindset of a one.  If they do, that makes the bigot their brother, and they're simply on the opposing team.
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WHAT WE SEE HERE IS JIM CROW'S DYING GASP.
THAT'S WHY THE TRUMP BRIGADE IS GOING SO SPASTIC.
So haters are spitting in the wind.  In the very near future the term "American" is going to mean a people of mixed heritage born in the United States. America is, literally, becoming a "melting pot," and that's a good thing.  So as Black people, if we really want to preserve what it means to be Black, we must preserve our Black culture - and not Black culture as filtered through the eyes of undereducated rappers, but the very best of what it means to be Black - Frederick Douglass, Langston Hughes, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, etc. Because it is also essential that we educate ourselves and use our natural creativity to promote enlightenment, and due to the many adversities that Black people have endured over the centuries, there's nobody in this country more qualified to do that.
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RACIAL INBREEDING?
So instead of using our natural creativity trying to be the coolest and most "fly" people in society, we need to follow the example being set by our sisters and focus on becoming the most educated, and most brilliant people in society - we must begin to focus our attention on owning the race track, instead of becoming the horse. And finally, we need to stop walking around hating on people who are loving one another, raising families, and trying to be productive, because they're doing what they're suppose to be doing to enhance society and to promote the evolution of humanity.  Nature gives us only two options, to either evolve, or perish. So we shouldn't allow our ignorance to make us the new Neanderthals.  Instead, we should dedicate our creative energy toward working on our cultural dysfunction - and that goes for Blacks and Whites alike.  Our failure to do that is what’s killing us as individuals, as a culture, and eventually, it's going to kill us as a society.
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So if you're a hater - Black or White - your attitude betrays three inescapable facts about who you are as a person - you're ignorant, you lack insight, and you're a burden on society.  And if you're a Christian bigot, you're also a hypocrite who's destined to bounce off the walls of Hell.
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60 MINUTES: MILES, DO YOU HATE WHITE PEOPLE?
MILES: NOT ALL OF 'EM.

Eric L. Wattree
Http://wattree.blogspot.com
Ewattree@Gmail.com
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Religious bigotry: It's not that I hate everyone who doesn't look, think, and act like me - it's just that God does.

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